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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 10 April 2008
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Humans and Crops

How is DNA analysis and radio carbon dating helping bioarchaeologists understand when and where farming first started and the kinds of crops our ancestors grew?

Quentin Cooper is joined by Professor Glynis Jones from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and by Professor Huw Jones from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge to find out.

Rosalind Franklin

Material World will be shedding light on the woman who has been called by some 'the dark lady of DNA'.

It is 50 years since the death of Rosalind Franklin, the woman who made a major contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Quentin meets Nobel laureate Sir Aaron Klug who worked with Rosalind Franklin in the 1950s to discuss her life, legacy and incredible contribution to science and medicine.

Next week: The blood brain barrier 
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