Item Details

The Book of Life [electronic resource]: Genetics and Evolution

Open University
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Likening the beauty and complexity of DNA to an epic poem, this program revolves around the idea that we all carry the story of life on Earth in our genes, and that the similarities between species may play a more significant role in that story than previously thought. A visit to Iceland's hot springs reveals heat-, acid-, and salt-resistant organisms called Archaea-primordial versions of which may have set the stage for multi-cellular life. Moving to more advanced species, the film looks at bone-development genes in boa constrictors that are comparable to those of humans. Such parallels, the program says, indicate not only shared genetic origins but also the notion that particular clusters of genes are focal points of evolutionary importance.
Release Date
2011
Run Time
60 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand
11 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 09, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Genetics and Evolution
Series
The Gene Code
Contents
  • An Ingenious Code (1:58)
  • Reading the Genome Sequence (4:14)
  • Time of Evolution (2:54)
  • Kick Starting Complex Life (2:52)
  • Origin of Vertebrates (5:07)
  • Genome Amphioxus Sequence Finished (3:20)
  • Hierarchy of Genes (3:29)
  • Chromosomes: Accidental Copies (4:48)
  • Fossil Genes (4:38)
  • Meiosis (4:23)
  • Answer to Divergence? (2:19)
  • Genetic Similarity Versus Individual Diversity (6:47)
  • Understanding Human History (1:10)
  • Credits: The Book of Life: Genetics and Evolution (0:03)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2011.
Publisher no.
  • 44890s Films Media Group
  • 44891 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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