The Story of Science: Season 1, Episode 5

What Is the Secret of Life? (25 May 2010)

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Michael Mosley ...
Himself - Presenter
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Martin Clayton ...
Himself - The Royal Collection
David Liebetanz ...
Himself - Göttingen University (as Dr David Liebetanz)
Sandra Shefelbine ...
Herself - Imperial College London (as Dr Sandra Shefelbine)
Brian Sutton ...
Himself - King's College London (as Prof Brian Sutton)
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The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known - the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the 'life force' of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology - understanding the structure and workings of DNA. Written by Anonymous

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