Junk DNA, mine fires, Homer
Is junk DNA really rubbish? Scientists dispute recent findings about our genetic code. Plus dating The Iliad, and what causes spontaneous combustion in mines. With Quentin Cooper.
Is junk DNA really rubbish? Scientists dispute recent findings about our genetic code. Dr. Ewan Birney from the European Bioinformatics Institute defends his work, while Professor Chris Ponting from Oxford University discusses the latest research on the functionality of our DNA. Professor Mark Pagel from Reading University has analysed Homer's writing by using the language within his poems to date the work. And why did a fire start at the the last remaining pit in Warwickshire? Dr. Dr Guillermo Rein, from Imperial College, London and Tony Milodowski from the British Geological Survey explain how spontaneous heating events, like this fire, occur.
Is junk DNA really rubbish?
Scientists dispute recent findings about our genetic code
What causes spontaneous combustion in mines?
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Dating of The Iliad
New research has pinned down when Homer’s epic poems were written