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What Is the Secret of Life?

How the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known, the human body, from anatomy to the structure of DNA.

Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.

The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known - the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the 'life force' of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology - understanding the structure and workings of DNA.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Mosley
Director Giles Harrison
Producer Giles Harrison
Executive Producer John Lynch
Producer Aidan Laverty

Broadcasts

  • Tue 25 May 2010 21:00
  • Tue 25 May 2010 22:30
  • Wed 26 May 2010 19:00
  • Tue 4 Jan 2011 02:50
  • Sun 13 Mar 2011 19:00
  • Sat 5 Jul 2014 20:00
  • Sun 6 Jul 2014 03:00
  • Tue 8 Jul 2014 01:50