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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 11 October 2007
The Peppered Moth - white bodied & black bodied
The Peppered Moth - white / black bodied
Credit: Olaf Leillinger

NOBEL PRIZE FOR MEDICINE

Sir Martin Evans has helped to transform our understanding of diseases like cancer and heart disease.

His discovery of embryonic stem cells has led to the ground breaking technology of gene targeting.

Quentin talks with this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine - Sir Martin Evans and his colleague Professor Alan Clark about investigating the function of individual genes and the incredible ability to “knock them out”.

THE PEPPERED MOTH

The Peppered Moth used to be mostly light with dark speckles but then came the industrial revolution.

And the moth changed its spots. A neat example of natural selection in action? Not so said critics of Darwin seizing on controversy over some of the original moth experiments.

And the moth was withdrawn from school textbooks.

The controversy doesn’t end there.

Professor Mike Majerus and Jerry Coyne want the moth restored to the ranks of Darwin’s Dignitaries and tells Quentin why.

NEXT WEEK:   Measuring Artic sea ice and the popular left (handedness that is ...)
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