60 years ago two unknown scientists burst into a pub in Cambridge and declared “We have found the Secret of Life!”. James Watson and Francis Crick had worked out the wonder of the DNA molecule. Their breakthrough has been described as the single most important discovery of all time.
This comprehensive five part series charts the history of DNA science - from the discovery of its double helix structure to the mapping of the human genome. It examines the latest research and its more controversial applications.
At the heart of the series are the very human stories behind the scientific experiments and discoveries, introducing viewers to the brilliant, passionate, fiercely competitive, sometimes quirky individuals on the front line. Biologically precise computer animations bring the incredible world of molecular biology vividly to life.
The show won critical acclaim and multiple awards, including an Emmy.
Episode 1 - The Secret of Life
It's been called the biggest discovery of all times. But it didn't happen by chance - it was a race.
Episode 2 - Playing God
The story of the first genetic engineers
Episode 3 - The Human Race
The race to catalogue the human genome
Episode 4 - Curing Cancer
Using DNA technology to beat cancer
Episode 5 - Pandora's Box
Jim Watson gives us a tour of the future of DNA