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  • Composite of Darwin-related memorabilia

    Dear Darwin

    Five eminent contemporary thinkers write a letter to Charles Darwin to provide us with an intimate understanding of how some modern-day scientists view Darwin's continuing legacy.

Dear Darwin - Programmes

Five leading scientists address letters to Charles Darwin, expressing their thoughts on his work and legacy.

Programme 1 - 3.45pm Monday 5 January 2009

Dr Craig Venter, one of the men who first successfully mapped the human genome, tells Darwin about his own experiences as a collector, medic and geneticist.

Programme 2 - 3.45pm Tuesday 6 January 2009

Sir Jonathan Miller takes issue with Darwin's thoughts on reproduction and describes the huge advances in the understanding of genetics that have filled the holes in Darwin's understanding of inheritance.

Programme 3 - 3.45pm Wednesday 7 January 2009

Prof Jerry Coyne, whose main research relates to On Origin of Species, tells of the huge body of evidence that has been discovered since its publication to support Darwin's theory.

Programme 4 - 3.45pm Thursday 8 January 2009

Dr Peter Bentley, who works at the cutting edge of digital biology, tells Darwin about the emerging field of evolutionary computing.

Programme 5 - 3.45pm Friday 9 January 2009

Prof Baruch Blumberg, who received the 1976 Nobel Prize for his work on viral infection, tells Darwin about his work with the hepatitis B virus and his later work at NASA searching for life on other planets.


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