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Anatomy and Physiology

Bioterror
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Cancer Warrior
Judah Folkman and other researchers pioneer a novel approach to cancer treatment. 1 hr.

Coma
Neurosurgeon Jamshid Ghajar sparks a revolution in the treatment of head-trauma victims. 1 hr.

Cracking the Code of Life
Follow the race to decode the human genome and see how this newfound knowledge is already changing medicine. 2 hrs.

Cut to the Heart
Ever since World War II, physicians have struggled to find ways to treat heart failure, the biggest killer in the modern world. 1 hr.

Deadly Ascent
Follow a team of climbers ascending Denali as team members try to solve the mystery of why extreme cold and high altitude can kill. 1 hr.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
Investigate the brave new world of assisted reproduction. 1 hr.

Electric Heart
Pioneering surgeons test artificial hearts in the hope of saving the lives of people with coronary heart disease. 1 hr.

Everest -- The Death Zone
Trek with Himalayan climbers in their quest to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, who along the way investigate how extremes of weather and altitude affect the human mind and body. 1 hr.

Killer Disease on Campus
Learn how doctors are struggling to control outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection that commonly attacks teen-agers, young adults, and children under five. 1 hr.

Life's Greatest Miracle
Lennart Nilsson's microphotography chronicles the growth of a baby from embryo to newborn. 1 hr.

Marathon Challenge
Find out what happens when NOVA assembles a team of 13 non-runners aged 21 to 60 to face the ultimate test: Run the 26.2-mile Boston marathon. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Senses -- Hearing
Find out how the ear processes and protects humans from sound and learn about the hearing abilities of several types of animals. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Senses -- Smell
Explore what makes humans so sensitive to natural and synthesized fragrances and find out how different animals use their sense of smell. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Senses -- Taste
Discover the biology and rituals of taste around the world and learn how human taste buds are mapped. 1 hr.

Mystery of the Senses -- Touch
Learn about the physical, psychological, and cultural aspects of touch and discover how the brain's sensory map operates.

Mystery of the Senses -- Vision
Explore the biology of vision and the mental processes and perceptions that govern vision. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: Mirror Neurons
Discover the role mirror neurons may play in human actions and interactions and find out how scientists think mirror neurons work. Running time: 13:50.

NOVA scienceNOW: Obesity
Explore the biology of obesity and learn about the role the hormone leptin may play in keeping lost weight off. Running time: 12:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Learn about the late cancer researcher Judah Folkman and his pioneering work on the relationship between tumors and the blood vessels that nourish them. 11m 00s

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
Explains how RNAi works and why it could become a valuable tool in learning about how genes influence growth and development and in curing or treating certain diseases. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Find out what stem cells are and explore the arguments for and against the cloning of embryonic stem cells. Running time: 14:40.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
See microphotography that shows how the developing human embryo reveals links to other species. 1 hr.

Odyssey of Life, Part II -- The Unknown World
Look at microphotography that reveals the microbes that live in, on, and around us. 1 hr.

Odyssey of Life, Part III -- The Photographer's Secrets
Learn about the techniques used by one of the world's top microphotographers, Lennart Nilsson. 1 hr.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
The tobacco industry's quest for a "safer" cigarette is filled with promise and pitfalls. 1 hr.

Secrets of the Mind
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran's intimate encounters with his patients reveal a novel picture of the brain. 1 hr.

Sex: Unknown
What makes a person male or female? Can you be both? Explore the complex world of gender identity. 1 hr.

Stranger in the Mirror
Explore the nature of human perception through a condition called visual agnosia, which is the inability to recognize faces and familiar objects, made famous in Oliver Sacks' book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. 1 hr.

Surviving AIDS
Molecular biologists, immunologists, geneticists, and physicians pool their expertise in search of an AIDS vaccine. 1 hr.

Truth About Impotence, The
NOVA reports on new hope for victims of erectile dysfunction. 1 hr.

Universe Within, The
See how medical imaging techniques reveal the body's inner workings. 1 hr.

Walk to Beautiful, A
Follow three Ethiopian women on their journey to find a cure for injuries they sustained during childbirth that have left them incontinent and shunned by their families and the communities in which they live. 1 hr.

What's New About Menopause
Hear about research and medical capabilities that stir up ethical controversies surrounding the ability to bear children after menopause. 1 hr.


Development

Dr. Spock the Baby Doc
Learn about Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose best-selling baby and child care guide revolutionized the way Americans raise their children. 1 hr.

Life's Greatest Miracle
Lennart Nilsson's microphotography chronicles the growth of a baby from embryo to newborn. 1 hr.

Odyssey of Life, Part I -- The Ultimate Journey
See microphotography that shows how the developing human embryo reveals links to other species. 1 hr.

Secret of the Wild Child
Step into the life of "Genie," a girl whose parents kept her imprisoned in near-total isolation from infancy until, as a teenager, she was found by social workers. 1 hr.

Sex: Unknown
What makes a person male or female? Can you be both? Explore the complex world of gender identity. 1 hr.


Disease

Bioterror
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
Learn about baffling cases of bad air in buildings all over the world, including hospitals, offices, schools, and homes. 1 hr.

Can China Kick the Habit?
Visit the most cigarette-addicted nation in the world -- China, where Western advertising and trading practices have exacerbated the romance with smoking. 1 hr.

Cancer Warrior
Judah Folkman and other researchers pioneer a novel approach to cancer treatment. 1 hr.

Cracking the Code of Life
Follow the race to decode the human genome and see how this newfound knowledge is already changing medicine. 2 hrs.

Cut to the Heart
Ever since World War II, physicians have struggled to find ways to treat heart failure, the biggest killer in the modern world. 1 hr.

Dying to Be Thin
Life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are on the rise among America's youth. 1 hr.

Dying to Breathe
Follow the tense vigil of three people with terminal lung disease as they await the most complex of all organ transplants -- a new lung. 1 hr.

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Travel to Kikwit, Zaire, for a close-up look at the 1995 Ebola outbreak and the battle to contain it. 1 hr.

Electric Heart
Pioneering surgeons test artificial hearts in the hope of saving the lives of people with coronary heart disease. 1 hr.

Killer Disease on Campus
Learn how doctors are struggling to control outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection that commonly attacks teen-agers, young adults, and children under five. 1 hr.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Follow the life and struggles of Mary Mallon -- the first healthy carrier of typhoid fever ever identified -- and the development of the nation's early public health policies. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
Find out why scientists have recreated the 1918 flu virus and what it may reveal. Running time: 13:00 minutes.

NOVA scienceNOW: Killer Microbe
Learn from scientists about the dangers of a type of bacterium called Acinetobacter baumannii (referred to in Iraq as Iraqibacter), which has transformed itself into an antibiotic-resistant killer. Running time: 8m 29s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Pandemic Flu
Find out whether the virus that causes the bird flu will be able to develop the ability to move from person to person. Running time: 6:00 minutes.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Learn about the late cancer researcher Judah Folkman and his pioneering work on the relationship between tumors and the blood vessels that nourish them. 11m 00s

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Meet Dr. Naomi Halas, a pioneering nanotechnologist doing work with gold nanoshells that may, one day, help non-invasively treat some forms of human cancer. Running time: 9:45.

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
Explains how RNAi works and why it could become a valuable tool in learning about how genes influence growth and development and in curing or treating certain diseases. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Find out what stem cells are and explore the arguments for and against the cloning of embryonic stem cells. Running time: 14:40.

Rx for Survival: Back to the Basics
Explore the connection between health and the essential requirements that so many people take for granted and learn how an overabundance of nutrition is causing an epidemic of obesity. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
Meet the heroic scientists and health workers who battled the mosquito, and find out about current efforts to control dangerous and spreading vector-borne diseases. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
Take a look at innovative health programs and charismatic leaders who, against all odds, are finding ways to reach millions of individuals to fight global disease. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
Learn about the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
Delve into the most critical threats the world faces today -- including avian flu -- and learn about the pressing need to strengthen global public health systems. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
Find out about historic successes in antibiotics, as well as the growing threat posed by new strains of germs that are resistant to the best antibiotics currently available. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
Learn about the diseases, drug developments, and surgical techniques that have shaped medicine in the past century and the worldwide health challenges of the future. 2 hrs.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
The tobacco industry's quest for a "safer" cigarette is filled with promise and pitfalls. 1 hr.

Stranger in the Mirror
Explore the nature of human perception through a condition called visual agnosia, which is the inability to recognize faces and familiar objects, made famous in Oliver Sacks' book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. 1 hr.

Surviving AIDS
Molecular biologists, immunologists, geneticists, and physicians pool their expertise in search of an AIDS vaccine. 1 hr.

World in the Balance
Profiles the population challenges and environmental impacts of a changing world as told through personal stories from India, Kenya, Japan, and China. 2 hrs.


Medicine

Animal Hospital
High-tech health care comes to veterinary medicine -- radiology to surgery, intensive care to sports medicine. 1 hr.

Bioterror
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Cancer Warrior
Judah Folkman and other researchers pioneer a novel approach to cancer treatment. 1 hr.

Coma
Neurosurgeon Jamshid Ghajar sparks a revolution in the treatment of head-trauma victims. 1 hr.

Cracking the Code of Life
Follow the race to decode the human genome and see how this newfound knowledge is already changing medicine. 2 hrs.

Cut to the Heart
Ever since World War II, physicians have struggled to find ways to treat heart failure, the biggest killer in the modern world. 1 hr.

Deadly Ascent
Follow a team of climbers ascending Denali as team members try to solve the mystery of why extreme cold and high altitude can kill. 1 hr.

Dying to Be Thin
Life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are on the rise among America's youth. 1 hr.

Dying to Breathe
Follow the tense vigil of three people with terminal lung disease as they await the most complex of all organ transplants -- a new lung. 1 hr.

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Travel to Kikwit, Zaire, for a close-up look at the 1995 Ebola outbreak and the battle to contain it. 1 hr.

Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby
Investigate the brave new world of assisted reproduction. 1 hr.

Electric Heart
Pioneering surgeons test artificial hearts in the hope of saving the lives of people with coronary heart disease. 1 hr.

Everest -- The Death Zone
Trek with Himalayan climbers in their quest to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, who along the way investigate how extremes of weather and altitude affect the human mind and body. 1 hr.

Killer Disease on Campus
Learn how doctors are struggling to control outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection that commonly attacks teen-agers, young adults, and children under five. 1 hr.

Life and Death in the War Zone
Travel with NOVA to Iraq for a glimpse of life in a combat support hospital at the beginning of the Iraq War. 1 hr.

MD -- The Making of a Doctor, Part II
Check up on seven aspiring doctors as they undergo the years of medical training in this third installment of a series that has chronicled the doctors since 1987. 2 hrs.

NOVA scienceNOW: Brain Trauma
Watch as scientists discuss concussions and learn about technologies being developed to diagnose traumatic brain injuries. 11m 00s

NOVA scienceNOW: Personal DNA Testing
Discover the revealing information that a personal genetic profile can provide and consider the questions and issues people face if this highly personal information is made available. Running time: 12m 00s.

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Judah Folkman
Learn about the late cancer researcher Judah Folkman and his pioneering work on the relationship between tumors and the blood vessels that nourish them. 11m 00s

NOVA scienceNOW: Profile: Naomi Halas
Meet Dr. Naomi Halas, a pioneering nanotechnologist doing work with gold nanoshells that may, one day, help non-invasively treat some forms of human cancer. Running time: 9:45.

NOVA scienceNOW: RNAi
Explains how RNAi works and why it could become a valuable tool in learning about how genes influence growth and development and in curing or treating certain diseases. Running time: 15:00.

NOVA scienceNOW: Stem Cells
Find out what stem cells are and explore the arguments for and against the cloning of embryonic stem cells. Running time: 14:40.

Rx for Survival: Back to the Basics
Explore the connection between health and the essential requirements that so many people take for granted and learn how an overabundance of nutrition is causing an epidemic of obesity. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
Meet the heroic scientists and health workers who battled the mosquito, and find out about current efforts to control dangerous and spreading vector-borne diseases. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
Take a look at innovative health programs and charismatic leaders who, against all odds, are finding ways to reach millions of individuals to fight global disease. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
Learn about the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
Delve into the most critical threats the world faces today -- including avian flu -- and learn about the pressing need to strengthen global public health systems. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
Find out about historic successes in antibiotics, as well as the growing threat posed by new strains of germs that are resistant to the best antibiotics currently available. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: In Search of Ourselves
Follow developments in the fields of psychology and psychopharmacology, including the work of Sigmund Freud, John Watson, BF Skinner, and Benjamin Spock. 2 hrs.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
Learn about the diseases, drug developments, and surgical techniques that have shaped medicine in the past century and the worldwide health challenges of the future. 2 hrs.

Secrets of the Mind
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran's intimate encounters with his patients reveal a novel picture of the brain. 1 hr.

Sex: Unknown
What makes a person male or female? Can you be both? Explore the complex world of gender identity. 1 hr.

Siamese Twins
See the intricate planning and protracted operations that eventually allowed the Siamese twins from Thailand to become two distinct individuals. 1 hr.

Surviving AIDS
Molecular biologists, immunologists, geneticists, and physicians pool their expertise in search of an AIDS vaccine. 1 hr.

Survivor M.D.: Tattooed Doctor
NOVA follows seven Harvard Medical School students for 13 years to see what it takes to become a fully qualified doctor. 3 hrs.

Truth About Impotence, The
NOVA reports on new hope for victims of erectile dysfunction. 1 hr.

What's New About Menopause
Hear about research and medical capabilities that stir up ethical controversies surrounding the ability to bear children after menopause. 1 hr.


Nutrition

Dying to Be Thin
Life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are on the rise among America's youth. 1 hr.


Public Health

Bioterror
Explore germ warfare's chilling past, present, and future. 90 min.

Brain Eater, The
Scientists scramble to understand the devastating ailment known as mad cow disease. 1 hr.

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
Learn about baffling cases of bad air in buildings all over the world, including hospitals, offices, schools, and homes. 1 hr.

Can China Kick the Habit?
Visit the most cigarette-addicted nation in the world -- China, where Western advertising and trading practices have exacerbated the romance with smoking. 1 hr.

Dying to Be Thin
Life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are on the rise among America's youth. 1 hr.

Ebola -- The Plague Fighters
Travel to Kikwit, Zaire, for a close-up look at the 1995 Ebola outbreak and the battle to contain it. 1 hr.

Harvest of Fear
Genetically modified foods -- a wondrous advance or a new threat? Explore the growing controversy. 2 hrs.

Killer Disease on Campus
Learn how doctors are struggling to control outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial infection that commonly attacks teen-agers, young adults, and children under five. 1 hr.

Most Dangerous Woman in America, The
Follow the life and struggles of Mary Mallon -- the first healthy carrier of typhoid fever ever identified -- and the development of the nation's early public health policies. 1 hr.

NOVA scienceNOW: 1918 Flu
Find out why scientists have recreated the 1918 flu virus and what it may reveal. Running time: 13:00 minutes.

NOVA scienceNOW: Pandemic Flu
Find out whether the virus that causes the bird flu will be able to develop the ability to move from person to person. Running time: 6:00 minutes.

Rx for Survival: Back to the Basics
Explore the connection between health and the essential requirements that so many people take for granted and learn how an overabundance of nutrition is causing an epidemic of obesity. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Deadly Messengers
Meet the heroic scientists and health workers who battled the mosquito, and find out about current efforts to control dangerous and spreading vector-borne diseases. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Delivering the Goods
Take a look at innovative health programs and charismatic leaders who, against all odds, are finding ways to reach millions of individuals to fight global disease. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Disease Warriors
Learn about the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as the famed scientist Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: How Safe Are We?
Delve into the most critical threats the world faces today -- including avian flu -- and learn about the pressing need to strengthen global public health systems. 1 hr.

Rx for Survival: Rise of the Superbugs
Find out about historic successes in antibiotics, as well as the growing threat posed by new strains of germs that are resistant to the best antibiotics currently available. 1 hr.

Science Odyssey, A: Matters of Life and Death
Learn about the diseases, drug developments, and surgical techniques that have shaped medicine in the past century and the worldwide health challenges of the future. 2 hrs.

Search for a Safe Cigarette
The tobacco industry's quest for a "safer" cigarette is filled with promise and pitfalls. 1 hr.

Surviving AIDS
Molecular biologists, immunologists, geneticists, and physicians pool their expertise in search of an AIDS vaccine. 1 hr.

Walk to Beautiful, A
Follow three Ethiopian women on their journey to find a cure for injuries they sustained during childbirth that have left them incontinent and shunned by their families and the communities in which they live. 1 hr.

World in the Balance
Profiles the population challenges and environmental impacts of a changing world as told through personal stories from India, Kenya, Japan, and China. 2 hrs.


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