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The Allen Brain Atlas [electronic resource]: Quantum Leap in Neurological Research

With a 90 percent match between the mouse and human genomes, mice are helping researchers to better understand the human brain. In this NewsHour program, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen-founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science-and the Institute's chief scientific officer talk about the Allen Brain Atlas, an interactive 3-D map of gene expression in the mouse brain. Together with scientist Dave Anderson of Caltech, they discuss the concepts behind the Atlas and its creation. Susan Swedo, of the National Institute of Mental Health, adds, "It is exactly like having a Google for the mouse brain now." Research into autism with the help of this revolutionary gene map is already yielding valuable insights.
2007; 2006

Newshour Medical Ethics and Issues Anthology [electronic resource]

A respected source of balanced, first-rate journalism, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer raises urgent and challenging questions whenever it covers the healthcare field. This anthology of NewsHour segments confronts ethical dilemmas and complex issues in medicine today. Through in-depth reporting and interviews with doctors, nurses, patients, and other experts, the anthology examines case studies, scientific breakthroughs, and connections between corporate and public policy.

Science in Everyday Life [electronic resource]: Genetics Video Clips

This collection of 7 dazzling video clips focuses on various aspects of genetics ranging from history's DNA eureka moment, paternity testing, structural degradation of DNA, and tumor research using transgenic mice; to a human death gene and the role of stem cells in a freshwater polyp known as the hydra; to a case of gender/chromosome mismatch in which a girl is unable to naturally mature into a woman. Video clips include. * Genes: The Discovery of DNA * Genes: Paternity Test * Genes: The Recipe of DNA * Genes: Genetically Modified Mice * Cellular Death: The Genetics of Mortality * Cellular Death: Immortal Hydra * Gender: That Little Genetic Difference

Science in Everyday Life Part 1 [electronic resource]: Health and Wellness Video Clips

This collection of 24 visually stunning video clips sheds light on pain, aging, and health threats. Special attention is given to the spine, a common source of discomfort; the effects of old age at both the macro and micro levels; and a variety of risks to physical well-being: malarial infection, food-related pathogens, alcohol overconsumption, naturally occurring bodily toxins, the common cold, and the indiscriminate elimination of epidermal bacteria through over-aggressive hygiene.

Health News and Interviews [electronic resource]: Genetics Video Clips

This collection of 18 video clips (1 minute to 2 minutes 30 seconds each) takes a close look at genetics. Topics range from the human genome, to "junk" DNA, to genetic implications for obesity, dyslexia, eating disorders, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, substance abuse, weight loss, and aging. Video clips include: Genetics * Junk DNA * Living Longer * Secrets of the Y Chromosome * Tiny Genes, Big Role * Genome ABCs * Custom Cures * SIDS Test * Blame Your Mother * Mom's Genes * Exercise Gene * Dying to Be Thin * Maternal Separation * Models of Health * Age Accelerator * Redefining Race * Ethnic Drug * Egg Regs * Sex Cells.
2008; 2007

Skin Deep [electronic resource]: Nina Jablonski's Theory of Race

Students of evolution understand that when our ancient African ancestors lost their body hair and ventured out onto the hot savannah, their skin became dark to protect against UV radiation, while subsequent migration away from the equator yielded paler people. But in 2000, Penn State University anthropologist Nina Jablonski proposed a startling new theory as to why human pigmentation is so diverse. In this program, Jablonski suggests that skin color evolved mainly to allow for the production of vitamin D and folic acid, both necessary for reproductive success. Focusing on groundbreaking research and personal accounts of scientists around the world, the film takes a fresh look at the interplay between environmental adaptation and human skin tones.

Neanderthals Still Walk the Earth? [electronic resource]

Neanderthals were thought to be extinct, but this ABC News report looks at how the assumption is actually incorrect. Scientists studying human DNA have found that most of us get up to four percent of our genetic material from Neanderthals. Since humans on the African continent lack the genes, the theory is that humans migrating from Africa mated with Neanderthals somewhere in the Middle East, before they settled in other parts of the world.

My Genes Speak for Me [electronic resource]: Reconciling Nature and Nurture

Conceived with the help of a Nobel Prize-winning sperm donor, a baby girl blossoms into a gifted, highly intelligent woman. Does her talent come solely from heredity? What about the case of female twins, separated at birth, who exhibit astonishing similarities in habit and behavior when they meet later in life? This film explores the possibility that genetics and environment are not diametrically opposed when it comes to human development - instead, the program asserts, they should be seen as complementary. Other case studies involve fatal nutritional disorders that are passed from one generation to the next, as well as Tay-Sachs disease, the genetic disorder notorious for its impact on one particular ethnic group, the Ashkenazi Jewish community. A timely analysis of lingering, probl [...]

Things You Need to Know...About Evolution [electronic resource]

Would you consider cabbage as the leafy long-lost relative? James May does, thanks to the genius of Charles Darwin. But exactly how does Darwin's famous theory of natural selection explain why we are all mutants and what war is actually good for? James treks off into the wilderness with the natural advantage of fantastic motion graphics and vivid animation to show us how.

Moving on [electronic resource]

Motherland: A Genetic Journey followed three people of African descent who traced their roots through DNA testing. This new film picks up their story two years later. Shot in the UK, USA, Africa and Jamaica, this very moving film continues their soul-searching journeys, raising fundamental questions about who we are. Mark discovers that his ancestors belonged to the Kanuri tribe. When he connects with them, he cannot communicate since there is a language barrier. He goes through an emotional "naming ceremony" but finds that he has mistakenly chosen a name that belongs to the slave catchers that oppressed his people. Beaula learns that she has ancestors that belong to more than one tribe and some of the tribespeople are only interested in what gifts she can offer them. Jacqueline visi [...]

Genetics, Stem Cells and Society

An interview with Professor Alan Trounson covering his beginnings in science, his pioneering IVF work and leading role in embryonic stem cell research.
2017; 2007

Synthetic Biology: The Cutting Edge—Dan Rather Reports

Synthetic biology is at the forefront of modern science; researchers reinvent cells by manipulating DNA to solve some of the most important problems facing the world. Dan Rather Reports examines the new cutting edge technology on this episode.
2016; 2013