Biology


The Gene: An Intimate History - Part One 114 min.

The Gene: An Intimate History interweaves the story of the thrilling revolution in modern genetic science with powerful stories from the frontlines of medicine, featuring patients suffering from rare genetic diseases and the leading researchers racing to identify and treat, even cure, the errors in their DNA that afflict them.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Gene: An Intimate History - Part Two 115 min.

The second part of the four-hour series The Gene: An Intimate History begins with the story of the signature scientific achievement of our time: the mapping of the human genome. As scientists learn to read the genetic code, they grapple with the dangers inherent in increasingly sophisticated and easily available methods of intervening in the very essence of what makes us human, our DNA.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Ken Burns Presents - The Gene: An Intimate History 240 min.

Scientific genetics holds at once the promise of eradicating disease and the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. The Gene: An Intimate History traces the dizzying evolution of this new science as researchers race to identify treatments for genetic diseases, such as cancer and sickle cell anemia, and to perfect tools for rewriting DNA.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

Mysteries of Sleep 54 min.

Virtually every animal sleeps. But why? Why do we need to spend nearly a third of our lives in such a defenseless state? Scientists are peering more deeply into the sleeping brain than ever before, discovering just how powerful sleep can be, playing a role in everything from memory retention and emotional regulation to removing waste from our brains. So why are we getting so little of it?

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

The Truth About Fat 54 min.

Do we control our fat, or does it control us? Scientists are coming to understand fat as a fascinating and dynamic organ, one whose size has more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Through real-life stories of hunter-gatherers, sumo wrestlers, and supermodels, explore the complex functions of fat and the role it plays in controlling hunger, hormones, and even reproduction.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2020

New! Oceans: New Eldorado 53 min.

Materials, renewable energies, housing, medicine, cosmetics, food…. The ocean is a source of inspiration to innovate in many fields. This film offers an unprecedented « tour of the oceans » to discover the most surprising and promising research and to meet the scientists, engineers and other visionaries that have decided to draw from the bottom of the oceans the key to the most important crisis of...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Biotech: The World of Microorganisms 41 min.

Developing new medicines, breeding better plant varieties, making cleaning supplies more efficient – biotechnology uses natural cellular and bimolecular processes to develop new technologies or improve existing products. In this film, we look at some of the most promising products being developed now and explore some of the potential dangers. The biotech industry can be divided into three main sec...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Species Invasion 40 min.

The racoon, the Asian tiger mosquito, or hogweed: all imported animal and plant species, but that are now fighting with our own native species for the same breeding and feeding grounds. Some are able to completely dominate and alter an entire ecosystem, causing devastating economic damage and even threatening our health – at least that’s what we hear most in the headlines. But what in fact does ou...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Animal Espionage 54 min.

How do you study an animal you can't even get close to? Camera and drone technologies are allowing scientists to watch animals more closely than ever before, without disturbing them. Capturing everything from the unexpected to the comical, these technologies are giving wildlife managers insights that could ultimately help them fight extinction and habitat loss.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019

Decoding Watson 85 min.

Thrust into the limelight for discovering the secret of life at age 25 with Francis Crick, influential Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has thrived on making headlines ever since. His discovery of DNA's structure, the double helix, revolutionized human understanding of how life works. He was a relentless and sometimes ruthless visionary who led the Human Genome project and turned Harvard...

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019