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Acadian Genetics, Part 2 (2020)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Raceland, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2020-03-20

Duration: 00:04:29

Subjects: Health | Genetic disorders | Friedreich's ataxia | Acadians | CAJUNS


  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Boudreaux, Gracie Interviewee
  • Doucet, John Interviewee
  • Boudreaux, Horace Interviewee


This segment from the March 20, 2020, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features the second part of Kevin Gautreaux’s report on the unique genetics of the Acadians. It focuses on the clinical trial for a treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxia, a genetic disorder more prevalent among Acadian families. He interviews: Gracie Boudreaux, a Friedreich’s Ataxia patient in Raceland; Dr. John Doucet of Nicholls State University; and Horace Boudreaux, Gracie’s father. This segment is part of an outreach grant for “The Gene: An Intimate History.” Host: Natasha Williams