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Life Science

1918 Flu

1918 Flu
Running time: 12:52
A virus that killed up to 50 million people is brought back to life to decipher its deadliness.
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Aging

Aging
Running time: 12:37
Will research into "longevity genes" help us live longer and healthier lives?
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Artificial Life

Artificial Life
Running time: 14:57
Are scientists on the verge of making living things from little more than dust?
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Bird Brains

Bird Brains
Running time: 12:47
Clues to the origins of human language are turning up in the brains of birds.
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Emergence

Emergence
Running time: 11:45
How does the "intelligence" of an ant colony or the stock market arise out of the simple actions of its members?
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Epigenetics

Epigenetics
Running time: 13:02
Our lifestyles and environment can change the way our genes are expressed, leading even identical twins to become distinct as they age.
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First Primates

First Primates
Running time: 13:04
Our most distant primate ancestors, which took the stage shortly after the dinosaurs left it, were tree-dwellers the size of mice.
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Mass Extinction

Mass Extinction
Running time: 13:15
What caused the mother of all extinctions 250 million years ago?
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Mirror Neurons

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

Obesity
Running time: 12:01
Examine the biology behind the compulsion to eat.
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Pandemic Flu

Pandemic Flu
Running time: 6:23
Will the virus that causes bird flu develop the ability to move from person to person?
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Personal DNA Testing

Personal DNA Testing
Running time: 12:00
Genetic testing to assess risk factors for a handful of serious illnesses is now commercially available. But is it a good idea?
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Profile: Erich Jarvis

Profile: Erich Jarvis
Running time: 12:22
The work of neuroscientist Erich Jarvis demonstrates the power of open-mindedness in the lab.
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Profile: Naomi Halas

Profile: Naomi Halas
Running time: 9:45
Naomi Halas is a pioneering nanotechnologist bent on seeing practical applications for her work—and soon.
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Profile: Pardis Sabeti

Profile: Pardis Sabeti
Running time: 8:00
By night she's a rocker. By day, she's a Harvard geneticist tracking the evolution of the human genome.
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Profile: Edith Widder

Profile: Edith Widder
Running time: 9:14
Meet a marine biologist and explorer who has engineered new ways to spy on deep-sea creatures.
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RNAi

RNAi
Running time: 15:37
A wayward petunia leads to the discovery of modest little molecules with enormous medical promise.
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Sleep

Sleep
Running time: 12:48
Why do we need sleep? Part of the answer may be to strengthen memories.
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Stem Cells

Stem Cells
Running time: 14:40
What are they, and how do we find a balance between hope for cures and respect for life?
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Stem Cells Breakthrough

Stem Cells Breakthrough
Running time: 13:45
Three separate teams overcome a biomedical hurdle—creating stem cells without the use of human embryos.
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T. Rex

T. Rex
Running time: 8:03
An astonishing adolescent growth spurt accounts for T. rex's enormous size.
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T. Rex Blood?

T. Rex Blood?
Running time: 12:58
Preserved soft tissue, including possible blood vessels and red blood cells, are turning up in dinosaur fossils.
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