Biology


New! Lost DNA, The 120 min.

Cutting-edge DNA research is transforming our knowledge of who we are, where we come from and how we got here. This series reveals fascinating and shocking truths about the ancient and medieval inhabitants of Europe. Clad in animal pelts, a hunter stalks his prey in a dense forest. He pauses, and we notice that he is dark-skinned. Then we see his eyes: they are a bright piercing blue. This is I...

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New! Origins 52 min.

Some 9,000 years ago dark-skinned, blue-eyed hunter-gatherers roamed our forests and plains. Thousands of years later, a new wave of settlers washed into Europe from the Middle East and Mediterranean, bringing with them a dynamic new technology – farming. Now Lara Cassidy, a young geneticist at Trinity College Dublin, has uncovered a shocking secret about an early farmer who was buried in one of E...

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New! Secrets of the Grave 52 min.

Fast forward to the Middle Ages, and a critical time in Europe’s history – the transition from paganism to Christianity. The records of the time don’t give much information on the lives of ordinary people, but now DNA and other scientific techniques like palaeoecology, isotope analysis and osteo-archaeology are opening fascinating windows into the past. Evidence from burial sites in Ireland show t...

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New! Can We Cool the Planet? 54 min.

As global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring solutions from planting trees to sucking carbon out of the air to geoengineering. But would they work? And what are the risks of engineering Earth's climate?

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New! Nature’s Fear Factor 54 min.

A bold experiment to bring rare and fierce African Wild Dogs back to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique reveals how predators – and the fear they trigger – play a surprising and crucial role in keeping wild ecosystems healthy.

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Eagle Power 54 min.

What makes eagles so remarkable? Researchers study one special bird, revealing her exceptional strength, eyesight, and flying skills. And, in-the-nest footage of a new bald eagle family captures the drama of chicks struggling to survive.

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Secret Mind of Slime 53 min.

Who says you need brains to be smart? Extremely primitive life-forms called slime molds can navigate mazes, choose between foods, and create efficient networks—no brain required. New research on these organisms, which are neither plant nor animal, could help reveal the fundamental rules underlying all decision making.

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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.

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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.

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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