Dated: 5 May 2006

What is stem cell therapy and how does it benefit us? Will an avian flu pandemic break out in Singapore? What can I do to prevent an avian flu pandemic? Singaporeans will be able to find out answers to these questions and more in two new documentary series on Channel NewsAsia.

The two documentary series, Flu 1, 2, 3 and Stems of Life, will provide viewers with an understanding of global hot topics avian flu and stem cell research respectively.

Flu 1, 2, 3 and Stems of Life are Public Service Broadcast (PSB) programmes commissioned by the Media Development Authority (MDA). The MDA funds a wide range of PSB programmes on the six local free-to-air TV channels and these cover genres such as current affairs, info-education, arts and culture, quality drama, local sports, minority language and children's programmes.

“Through support for these programmes that both inform and educate, the MDA seeks to promote quality and diversity in programming to ensure that Singaporeans benefit from interesting and enriching programmes”, said Mr Man Shu Sum, Director, Broadcast &Film, Media Development Authority (MDA).

Added Mr Man, “The two documentary series explore avian flu and stem cell research in an interesting and innovative manner, and most importantly, in terms and concepts that the general public can relate to.”

Flu 1, 2, 3 is a three-part documentary series that explores the topic of avian flu through an investigative approach. Through animation and re-enactments, the series explores the human flu, the avian flu, as well as how a flu pandemic can occur. Doctors and experts in the field explain the different modes of transmission and the mutation of viruses, as well as provide advice on how individuals can play their part in keeping the flu virus at bay.

Produced by Channel NewsAsia, Flu 1, 2, 3 is a three-part documentary series that will air on Channel NewsAsia on consecutive Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, starting 10 May 2006.

Also a three-part documentary series, Stems of Life explores stem cell research in terms and concepts for the layman. The series looks at stem cell research from a Singaporean and Asian context, examining the breakthroughs that have emerged from the region. The series also discusses why such a high priority has been placed in these countries. The series will also provide viewers with a glimpse into the future of stem cell research and where it will take us.

Prominent Singaporean researchers and experts provide insights into various aspects of stem cell research. The series also showcases stem cell research done at institutions such as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), the Biopolis, laboratories of the National University Hospital and the National University of Singapore.

Stems of Life is a three-part documentary series that will air on Channel NewsAsia on consecutive Thursdays at 8:30 pm, starting 11 May 2006. It is produced by local production company Film Formations.

For more information, please contact:

Koh June May
Senior Manager, Communications
Media Development Authority
Tel: 6837-9363

Last updated on: 13 Mar 2023