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Triumph of Life: Vol. 2 the Mating Game [electronic resource]

Sex is the key to the immortality of genes, and any tactic necessary will be deployed in the cause of reproduction - even if its suicidal to the participant. This episode explores many of the most ingenious, complex and dramatic methods of ensuring the continuation of a species.
2005; 2001

A Human Life Emerges [electronic resource]

Human reproduction is a fascinating and complex process, especially when seen microscopically. This program presents a close-up view of reproduction, beginning with the fertilization of the female egg, through gestation and the millions of cell divisions, and culminating in the birth of a fully formed individual. Each stage of the development is visualized in sequence: when the heart begins to beat, when the limbs develop, when the child first moves and responds to stimuli, and when it offers its first cry to the world at the moment of birth. Sophisticated computer animation and technical narration are used throughout in an effort to explain the gestation and birth processes for the advanced learner.
2006; 1995

Chimp Talk [electronic resource]

In this program, Paul Hoffman, editor of Discover magazine, explores the controversial issue of language use by apes with primatologist Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and Dr. Laura Ann Petitto. The results of Savage-Rumbaugh's 20-year study with chimpanzees reveal that they can use language with the astounding accuracy of a two-year-old human, which includes a rudimentary syntactical ability. However, Petitto's research indicates that humans have a cognitive predisposition for language lacking in chimps, which leads to the conclusion that although apes communicate by associating symbols with objects and actions, they do not have language abilities in the way that humans do. If the scientific community should eventually accept language use by apes, will the last scientific distinction betwee [...]
2006; 1996

Diagnosing and Treating Cystic Fibrosis [electronic resource]

Divided into four segments, this program examines the presentation, diagnostic testing, treatment, and biochemistry of cystic fibrosis. Topics explored include chronic health problems associated with CF, the analysis of mutated genes through DNA sampling, the combined use of medication and physiotherapy to reduce damage, and the vital role of transmembrane regulators in passing chloride ions and water across cell membranes in the lungs. Computer graphics and endoscopic imagery enhance this informative educational resource.
2007; 1998

One Brief Life [electronic resource]: Baby L Case

During her eight weeks of life, Leaney Lavea-born prematurely and with medically insurmountable abnormalities-was dependent on machines to live. But were these machines prolonging her life, or were they merely delaying her death? This deeply moving program explores the ethical dilemma surrounding a case that began in a hospital and ended up in court. Interviews with Baby L's parents, the attending physician, the Laveas' legal counsel, and others trace the course of the battle between the parents and the hospital to assert their rights to do what they each believed was morally correct.
2005; 1998

Birth Defects [electronic resource]: Causes and Prevention

This program explores the most common types of birth defects, covering the major classifications: malformations present at birth, inborn errors of metabolism, blood disorders, and prenatal damage. The video also includes information on the prevention of birth defects, with an emphasis placed on the importance of good prenatal care.
2005; 1990

Hormone Hell [electronic resource]

Whether it is due to a specific time of life or a particular style of living, hormones are believed to alter moods and erode bodily health. In this program, endocrinologist Lorraine Fitzpatrick, of the Mayo Clinic; a woman who has kept a video diary charting her monthly bouts with PMS; and a cast of teens and seniors investigate how hormones affect different stages of life, such as puberty and menopause. In addition, psychiatrist Ned Kalin, of the University of Wisconsin; a police officer; and a trans-Atlantic flight attendant offer insights into the hormonal havoc caused by stress and jet lag.
2006; 1999

Hormonally Yours [electronic resource]

From the womb to old age, it is believed that hormones have a powerful impact on gender and sexuality. Drawing on the research of Roger Gorski, professor of neurobiology at UCLA, and Donatella Marazzitti, of Pisa University, this program explores both the role of sex hormones and the biochemistry of love. Case studies of transgendering and a condition in which a woman's body produces an excess of testosterone are examined. In addition, a group of teenagers-considered "hormones on legs" by Dr. Gorski-share their approaches and reactions to the impulse of sexual attraction.
2006; 1999

Hormone Heaven? [electronic resource]

A world without teenage angst, PMS, and mid-life crisis; a life without hair loss and wrinkles: are these products of wishful thinking, or genuine scientific possibilities? In this program, scientists from the University of Wisconsin and the Life Extension Institute in Palm Springs strive to answer that question through their intriguing research. Clinical studies into hormone supplements for youthful vigor and hormone replacement therapy for healthier bones are described by medical professionals as well as by enthusiastic patients themselves. Research correlating cortisol production with stress is included.
2006; 1999

Infants [electronic resource]: Fight for Life

When a baby is hospitalized with a life-or-death illness, parents place their trust in the doctors, nurses, and other specialists of the neonatal intensive care unit. This program blends the intimate and the informative to examine both the technological and the human aspects of infant critical care. Case studies featuring footage of the birth of the Faul twins, one of whom was diagnosed in utero with a potentially life-threatening cyst; Baby Eddie's surgery and therapy, designed to allow his undeveloped lungs to grow; and Baby Prakhar's treatment for a mystifying virus are included.
2005; 2000

Preemies [electronic resource]: Fight for Life

Born too soon and too small, premature newborns present doctors with some of the toughest medical and ethical challenges today. This program takes a deeply personal look at the emotional odysseys of two families, as specialized medical teams do all they can to save their babies. The emergency C-section to deliver Baby Jada, born twelve weeks early, and an operation to close a hole in Baby Neil's heart are captured on film, as well as interviews with doctors from some of the most advanced neonatal intensive care units in America-and the children's parents, torn between hope and despair.
2005; 1999

Prenatal Development [electronic resource]

Research shows that our development in the womb can have a profound influence on our later lives. This video examines the nine months beginning with conception and ending with the birth of a healthy baby-the period of time called prenatal development. In addition this video contains information on the major physical milestones during pregnancy, emphasizing the importance of the expectant mother's health, nutrition, and care and describing the proper development of the baby. It also shares what mothers-to-be can look forward to during these crucial months. Proper prenatal care provides a healthy start and is essential to the entire process of human development.
2005; 2001

Birth [electronic resource]

Birth: an entrance into life, the beginning of discovery, and a forging of essential bonds. This program weaves footage of many women's experiences of childbirth with valuable commentary from obstetricians, midwives, psychologists, counselors, and recent mothers and fathers. Key topics covered are sonograms and prenatal examinations, changing attitudes to the role of pain in childbirth, postpartum depression or "baby blues," and birthing scenarios, such as in-hospital, at-home, and Caesarian section. Contains nudity associated with childbirth.
2006; 1999

Reproduction [electronic resource]: Designer Babies

This program examines some of the issues raised by the potential uses and misuses of genetic technology. The program demonstrates the techniques of both ultrasound scanning and amniocentesis as well as explains genetic manipulation techniques and the potential applications of the knowledge gained from the human genome project. The program provides a complete introduction to the following topics: Structure and function of DNA; Social, economic, and ethical implications of genetic manipulation; Prenatal screening techniques; Genetic abnormalities; Artificial insemination and embryo transplants
2005; 1995

Reproduction [electronic resource]: Shares in the Future

This, the first of four programs on reproduction and birth, looks at how the male and female bodies are prepared for their task of increasing the human race. The program shows the characteristics of sperm and ova and how each contains a partial blueprint for the future offspring. The mechanism of cell division is shown through exceptional microphotography, and the mechanisms of heredity are carefully described.
2006; 1984

Cousin Bonobo [electronic resource]

This program launches an investigation into the identity of the bonobo, formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee. To what extent is this remarkable African ape closer to humans than all the other animals on the planet? Scientists from around the world, including Yves Coppens, paleoanthropologist at the College de France, and Paula Cavalieri, philosopher and founder of the Great Ape Project, discuss their findings on the genetics, biology, intelligence, sexual behavior, and matriarchal social organization of the bonobo.
2006; 2003

Ayumu and Ai [electronic resource]: Studies in Animal Intelligence

Ai is a thoroughly modern chimpanzee: researchers have taught her to be familiar with language and numbers, to work with tools, and even how to use a computer to earn coins to buy treats from a vending machine. In this program, scientists at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, study Ai's son, Ayumu, to see if he will prove capable of picking up the same skills by simply watching his mother and other chimps-and perhaps even surpass them. The astonishing results of Ayumu's efforts provide new insights into animal-and human-intelligence.
2006; 2003

The Demonic Ape [electronic resource]

By turns charming, alarming, and poignant, this program questions the accuracy of the human evolution theory. Chimpanzees show signs of sophisticated language, advanced social behavior, and other traits thought reserved only for humans-even empathy. No one knows this better than the legendary Jane Goodall: her pride and joy, Frodo, grew up in front of film cameras in Gombe in Tanzania for over 30 years. But Frodo's killing of a child in May 2002 prompted huge debate amongst scholars about whether the origins of aggressive male human behavior can be traced back to our shared evolutionary ancestry with chimps.
2006; 2004

The Sixth Extinction [electronic resource]: Human Role

The five extinctions that have impacted the Earth over the past 400 million years-the Ordovician-Silurian, Late Devonian, Permian-Triassic, End Triassic, and Cretaceous-Tertiary-may be set to include another one on a massive scale. This alarming program assesses the extent to which Homo sapiens is provoking the planet's sixth extinction. According to scientists, wholesale destruction of habitats by humans contributes to the disappearance of 27,000 species each year. With decimation proceeding at such a rate, how long can life on Earth survive? Interviews with Oxford University zoologist Richard Dawkins, Harvard biologist Andrew Knoll, and Sussex University paleontologist Richard Fortney are featured.
2006; 2002

The Ape [electronic resource]: So Human!

Just how far do the similarities between humans and great apes extend? Sequences from historic experiments by Allen and Beatrix Gardner, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, and other primatologists, plus footage shot in the wild, provide compelling support for the thesis that chimps, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans are highly evolved indeed. Demonstrations of cognition, self-awareness, memory retention, language use, social behavior, mating practices, and perhaps even a sense of good and evil reveal species remarkably kindred to Homo sapiens. The anatomical basis for apes' inability to articulate speech, despite having Broca's area, is also discussed.
2005; 1998