BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 10887

Live Forever

Live Forever
Key Info
  • Live Forever
  • Duration: 03:27
  • A description of how African naked mole rats appear to hold the key to eternal life. They live to around 30 years old when most rodents of their size are lucky to reach 3 years. The process of DNA replication is then modelled using students to represent nucleotides. The process of nucleotides being lost during each replication is highlighted and the role of telomeres in reducing this effect is introduced.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Genetics

  • Keywords: naked mole rats, nucleotides, DNA, enzyme, transcription, aging, immortality, DNA replication, telomeres, Nobel prize, medicine, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Clip 35 from the Bang Goes the Theory teachers pack. To download the pdf please go to Gives a good description of DNA replication and also extends the basic idea by linking it to aging.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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