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Dara O Briain and a team of experts look at the world of reproduction and inheritance. Comedian Ed Byrne discovers just how closely related he is to a Neanderthal.

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.

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Sun 23 Dec 2012 01:25

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Q&A: Sex and genetics

Q&A: Sex and genetics

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Role Contributor
Presenter Dara O Briain
Series Editor Nigel Paterson
Reporter Alok Jha
Presenter Dara O Briain
Presenter Alok Jha
Reporter Mark Miodownik
Reporter Tali Sharot
Presenter Mark Miodownik
Participant Ed Byrne
Presenter Tali Sharot
Participant Ed Byrne
Participant Steve Jones
Participant Steve Jones
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Director Gideon Bradshaw
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Series Producer Kaye Godleman
Director John Maidens
Production Manager Roger Houston
Production Manager Roger Houston


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