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Episode 4 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 28 January 2010

Dr Mark Lythgoe, Director of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, tells the untold story of medical imaging and why uncovering our inner selves changed the world.

A hunched figure peering down a microscope is the ultimate symbol of the scientist - from George Eliot's Dr Lydgate in Middlemarch to adverts for cocoa powder. Mark Lythgoe explores the cultural implications of revealing a hidden kingdom and visits a doughnut-shaped microscope the size of five football pitches near Oxford.


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