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Duration: 1 hour

This first episode in a new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain takes a look at the weird and wonderful world of reproduction and inheritance.

Dara chats to leading biologist Professor Steve Jones and finds out how the bicycle did more to improve the human immune system than any other invention, comedian Ed Byrne discovers just how closely related he is to a Neanderthal and materials scientist and engineer Mark Miodownik creates a DNA cocktail with the help of some strong Polish vodka.

Dara is also joined by neuroscientist Tali Sharot, who explores the cutting-edge science of epigenetics and reveals how exercise can change your DNA. Science journalist Alok Jha asks if the human genome project was oversold and the studio audience are put to the test in the elusive search for attraction.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles, from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

  • Q&A: Sex and genetics

    Professor Steve Jones

    Professor Steve Jones, an expert on genetic diversity and Science Club's guest expert from Episode 1, tackles your questions: 



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Series Editor
Nigel Paterson
Dara O Briain
Alok Jha
Mark Miodownik
Tali Sharot
Ed Byrne
Steve Jones
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager
Roger Houston


Why does a magnetised needle face north?


Mark demonstrates how to magnetise a needle in order to create your own working compass.

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