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Hopeful Monsters

Synopsis
When biologist Mike Levine came across a picture of a mutant fruit fly, with two perfectly formed legs in place of its antennae, he had found the key to the toolkit nature uses to evolve new creatures. The discovery shed light on some of the great mysteries of biology: how the dinosaurs became so large, how humans evolved from apes, or how strange genetic throw-backs still occur, like people with extra fingers or toes. It looks to a sequence of genetic research that could lead to cures for cancer, Parkinson’s disease and baldness.
Series
Horizon, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 50 min.
Year of production
1998
Availability
Sale; 2000 sale: £99.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 19/3/98.
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
genetic variation; genetics

Credits

Director
Bryn Higgins
Producer
Peter Goodchild
Writer
Peter Goodchild
Contributor
Mike Levine
Cast
John Lynch 

Production Company

Name

Stone City Films

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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