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    Pain, Pus and Poison

    The search for modern medicines.

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    18 May 2018

  • Pain, Pus and Poison

    Pain, Pus and Poison New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2018
    The search for modern medicines.
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    27 Apr 2018

  • Why cancer cells go to sleep: the mystery of cancer dormancy

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2018
    New studies are challenging our understanding of the disease and teaching us more about dormant cells.
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    Life In Cold Blood

    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

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    09 Apr 2018

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    David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.
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    The Hunt

    Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this lavish series explores the relationship between predator and their prey.

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    09 Apr 2018

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    Updated 09 Apr 2018
    Narrated by Sir David Attenborough this lavish series explores the relationship between predator and their prey.
  • Life, Health and Chemical Sciences: PhD Projects 101

    Ever wondered what our research students from the school of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences do in the labs? Check...

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    28 Mar 2018

  • Life, Health and Chemical Sciences: PhD Projects 101

    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 28 Mar 2018
    Ever wondered what our research students from the school of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences do in the labs? Check out these explainers of their...
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    Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

    This blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made by combining emotionally charged human stories with ground...

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    27 Mar 2018

  • Countdown To Life: The Extraordinary Making Of You

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    This blockbuster series tells the thrilling story of how you were made by combining emotionally charged human stories with ground-breaking computer generated...
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    Science doesn't know how free divers do it

    By Kevin Fong

    It's not a total mystery - but, explains Kevin Wong, there's still a lot about free diving that science can't quite...

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    20 Mar 2018

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    It's not a total mystery - but, explains Kevin Wong, there's still a lot about free diving that science can't quite explain.
  • What are nerve agents - and what do they do?

    By Simon Cotton

    It's a question the people of Salisbury weren't expecting to have to ask themselves following a quick trip to a Zizzi...

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    12 Mar 2018

  • What are nerve agents - and what do they do?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Mar 2018
    It's a question the people of Salisbury weren't expecting to have to ask themselves following a quick trip to a Zizzi on a quiet Sunday. Sergei Skripal's...
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    Tree of Life

    By The Darwin web team

    Follow evolution and explore the variety of life on the planet with the Tree of Life.

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    09 Mar 2018

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    Follow evolution and explore the variety of life on the planet with the Tree of Life.
  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    By Hugh McLachlan

    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.

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    22 Feb 2018

  • Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Feb 2018
    Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.

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    Gene testing

    This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

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    Vaccination

    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work? Vaccination is a free course that will help those with a background...

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    Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work?...
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    Water and human health

    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although only a tiny fraction of the Earth's supply is available to humans...

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    Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although...
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    Early development

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    This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an...
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    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

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    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...
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    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain...

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    What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks...
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    Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

    The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals,...

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    The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the...
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    Gene manipulation in plants

    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This free course, Gene manipulation in plants, covers some of...

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    Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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