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Human Biology & Genetics

18 Ways to Make a Baby (NOVA)

Presents an in-depth look at scientific breakthroughs in reproductive science, including "cytoplasmic transfer, "in vitro fertilization, and the impact on human lives of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs in human reproduction presented by doctors and biologists on the leading edge. Also looks into a future where parents might one day be able to design their child for its sex and other traits. c2001. 56 min.

Accidents of Creation

(Secret of Life ; 2). This program explores a fundamental paradox: Life exists because DNA is so good at replicating itself, yet it is the errors of replication--random mutations--that are responsible for life as we know it. 60 min.

After Darwin

Traces the history of genomic research and its dark offspring: behavioral genetics, eugenics, and the commodification of children. Investigates such topics as the Human Genome Project, gene patenting, cloning, fertility clinics, genetic testing, and the discriminatory practices of insurance companies. 1999. 98 min.
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Bags of Life.

Shows the worldwide research being done in the field of phospholipid cell membrane exploration and discusses historical highlights pertinent to the subject. 3/4" UMATIC. 50 min.

Birth, Sex and Death (Secret of Life ; 3)

Scientists have now discovered that what causes a fetus to become male is a single gene on the Y-chromosome. This program introduces the master genes that determine our sex, our development and possibly the length of our lives. Film surveys the development of the embryo, and of sex differences, and genetic influences on the end of life. 60 min.

Chicken or Egg?

Presentation of ideas and experiments concerning developmental biology. Talks about the possible role of the egg cytoplasm in determining future differentiation of the developing embryo. 3/4" UMATIC. 22 min.

Cracking the Code of Life

Describes the race to decode human DNA, the Human Genome Project which was born in 1990. An international consortium of labs began the project, but halfway through their schedule, entrepreneur J. Craig Venter of the for-profit company Celera claimed he would finish the job. Francis Collins and Eric Lander and others answered Venter's challenge and the result laid the foundation for the future. Armed with powerful information, medical pioneers are now in the midst of medical breakthroughs ... but the question is: Do we want to know what's in our genes? 2001. 120 min.

Death By Design.

A film by Peter Friedman, Jean-Francois Brunet. In an unusual marriage of art and science, this film takes viewers on a fantastic journey through a remarkable terrain; the land of cells. In this invisible world, cells communicate with each other, work together, reproduce, and die, all to benefit the larger organism of which they are part.

Decoding the Book of Life (Nova ).

Looks at the controversial genome project whose goal is to determine the location and makeup of individual genes in the human genome. 58 min.

DNA Curing Cancer.

"Markering" the spot -- Rivalry in the cancer race -- One family's bittersweet victory -- Rivaly revisited -- Race for the cure -- One cancer conquered -- Hope springs eternal. This programs tells the story of how researchers have developed radically new ways to treat cancer by tracing it back to its origins: its DNA. The program focuses on two pioneering efforts: the race between Dr. Mary Claire King and Dr. Mark Skolnick, founder of Myriad Genetics to isolate the gene linked to breast cancer, and Dr.