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Life's Greatest Miracle

Program Overview


Note: This program contains graphic images. Please preview the program to determine its appropriateness for your classroom.

NOVA explores reproduction with a microscopic view of conception and development of a new human life.

The program:

  • explains sexual and asexual reproduction.

  • discusses the importance of the mating rituals of humans and other species, explaining the evolutionary benefits of sexual reproduction in creating variation and improving a species' survival rate.

  • explores the function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in carrying human genetic information.

  • describes the human reproductive systems.

  • traces the journey of sperm from the time it enters the female body to when it fertilizes the egg.

  • presents the earliest stages of development of the embryo, using time-lapse microphotography to show the divisions of cells.

  • documents the development of the embryo into a fetus, highlighting the growth and formation of vital organs, body parts, and senses.

  • concludes with the birth of a child.

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