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The NewsHour [electronic resource]: Human Biology

Genetic and neurological research has led to increasingly sophisticated medical capabilities-resulting in a growing number of moral and ethical quandaries. This cluster of NewsHour segments surveys recent milestones in biology-many of which have produced as much controversy as insight. Reporting on the newly-identified anti-aging gene SIR2 and the cross-species implantation of stem cells, the program also inquires into artificial limb technology, the dynamics of the teenage brain, and the storage of environmental toxins in the human body. A visit to the American Bible Belt, including Kentucky's Creationist Museum, highlights the ongoing debate over human origins. Original
2007; 2005

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

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.