The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This free course, Studying mammals: A winning design, explores some of the features, such as reproduction, lactation and thermoregulation methods, that mammals have in common. It is the first in a series of ten Studying mammals courses.
NOTE: The Studying mammals series is gradually being updated and replaced. You can study an improved freestanding version of this course, titled Introducing mammals, here:
What can evolution tell us about falling birth rates, the menopause or the role of parents in childcare? Biological anthropologist Ruth Mace highlights the interplay between biology and culture in evolving family structures.
The third of the 2009 Reith Lectures tackles the debate over genetic engineering which, says Michael Sandel, requires us to rethink the proper stance of human beings toward nature, and toward the given world: Genetics and Morals