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The Farm Revealed - Complete Series (November 2008) [PDTV (XViD)]
Rufus Hound presents The Farm Revealed – the series that investigates how biotechnology is set to change our lives forever.
The series takes a look at the biotechnology underlying modern techniques of food production, criminal investigation, drug manufacture and organ transplantation. Presenter Rufus Hound guides us through a maize of DNA, genes, transgenes and clones, with the help of geneticist Dr Chris Smith and bioengineer Professor Kevin Warwick. And down on the farm, Giles Corin and Olivia Judson report on the strange new breeds of animals that they have found there.
The five programmes in The Farm Revealed cover the following subjects:
* Selective breeding and transgenics
* DNA sequencing and analysis
* Tissue engineering
01: Selective breeding and transgenics 24 November 2008
Rufus Hound presents a show about the age-old technique of selective breeding and the space-aged technology of transgenics. Geneticist Dr Chris Smith is on hand with a demonstration of transgenics in front of the live studio audience. Meanwhile, Giles Corin is on the farm meeting the Arnold Schwarzenegger of cattle, and Olivia Judson is introduced to some rabbits that glow in the dark.
02: DNA sequencing and analysis 25 November 2008
In this programme, presenter Rufus Hound explores the study of human DNA and its significance in criminology and medicine. In the studio, Dr Chris Smith demonstrates how genetic fingerprinting is done. In the lab, Giles Corin meets scientists who are studying mouse genetics in order to discover what happens when genes go wrong and create disease. A psychologist visits the studio to explain his interest in the genetics of human behaviour. He feels that you might be able to blame some of your dirty habits on your genes.
03: Cloning 26 November 2008
Rufus Hound guides us through the basics of animal cloning. We learn what DNA and genes are and we get a taster of some of the functions that cloning serves. In the studio, Dr Chris Smith extracts DNA from a member of the audience, while Olivia Judson and Giles Corin investigate the results of cloning down on the farm.
04: Tissue engineering 27 November 2008
This film explores the science of stem cells and tissue engineering. Olivia Judson reports on a sheep that is 15% human and Gile Corins meets a nose that has been grown in a jar. Meanwhile, Dr Chris Smith grows a beefburger in a Petri dish. We meet an artist who creates 'semi-living' art installations. Presenter, Rufus Hounds, pulls the lot together in front of a live studio audience.
05: Bionics 28 November 2008
Presenter Rufus Hound and Professor Kevin Warwick guide a studio audience through the latest developments in bionics. We learn about the latest developments in mechanics and electronics that can transform the human body – intelligent prosthetics, computers that read minds and implantable silicone chips. This programme exposes the cutting edge of technologies that will transform humanity more than any other technology that has gone before it. Bionics blurs the boundaries between human and machine and will change the very meaning of the term 'human'.
Produced by Lion Television for Channel 4
Series director: Paul Wheeler
Series producer: Cassian Harrison
Project manager: Red Cinnamon
Writer: Kate Roach
Editor and site build: Mariette Jackson
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