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03-02-2009, 11:42 AM
BBC Documentary : How to Build a Human


Author: BBC ©

File size: ~24 GB
File type: DVD

1 : Creation
The ability to genitically engineer human beings will change the human race forever. The secrets of DNA, the genetic code for life, are now being unravelled. Scientists are learning to manipulate it to create new parts of the human body and even new human beings. This film has access to the creation of the first cloned human embryo, and the people behind it. It also gives us an insight into a future where we will be able to bump into a younger version of ourselves in the street; replace any damaged organ with a new one containing 99% of our own DNA; and nurture our offspring in artificial wombs.


2 : Predictor
Increasingly, we are finding that the unique characteristics that make each one of us as an individual, from our basic physical attributes to the complexities of our personality, can be traced back to the subtle mix of genes we receive at the moment of conception. But how much do these genes actually predict our destiny? And how much can that destiny be changed throughout our lives? The genetic age has opened up a realm of possibilities. Will we be able to read our own lives before we live them, predict our deaths and rewrite the story that is written in our genes?


3 : The secret of sex
Before science put it under microscope, sex was a simple, uncomplicated thing. You could not build humans without it. All you needed was a man, a woman, a liberal sprinkling of lust and Mother Nature did the rest. But is that now a terribly old-fasioned way of making new human? In the future we’ll able to build humans in tanks, make copies of ourselves in labs and even have the power to change the course of our genetic destiny by turning women into men. If kissing is nothing more than a way of sniffing out compatible genes, what is the point of sex, and will it ever be the same again?

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4 : Forever young
Imagine yourself …150 years old, pregnant and still going strong. Is this scenario the stuff of science fiction? Scientists predict that in fifty years time every organ in the body, except the brain, will be replaceable. Even the heart can be renovated. The future won’t just be a healthier short life. The search for eternal life is now being taken seriously. A number of tantalizing and remarkable discoveries indicating how to stop the human body ageing are about to turn science fiction into reality. The key lies inside every cell in our body. Scientists now believe they will be able to extend the human life span to 150 years. Is this the first step of immortality?

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