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European Space Research

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 November 2008

European Space Research
Government ministers from 18 countries are gathering in The Hague next week to decide the course of Europe’s Space programme. Geoff talks to UK Science minister Lord Drayson ahead of the meeting and Paul Rincon reports on the likely future of Exomars and manned space travel.

Stem Cells and Bioengineering
Has the news this week of the world’s first organ transplant using adult stem cells ended the debate on embryonic stem cells? Leading Edge visits a laboratory to look at other innovative new ways to rebuild body tissue.

The Worlds First Nuclear Family
Excavated graves in Germany reveal the remains of the world’s first nuclear family. In this week’s Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, Dr Alistair Pike and colleagues describe how the family were found with the bodies of the parents facing their children and their arms entwined.

Forensic Tattoos
A tattoo is for life...and beyond. Forensic scientist Dr Tim Thomson thinks tattoos have a special value when it comes to post mortem identification.


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