September 13th, 2012
Episode 231 of 528 episodes
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the cell, the fundamental building block of life. First observed by Robert Hooke in 1665, cells occur in nature in a bewildering variety of forms. A single human body contains up to a hundred trillion of them. How did the first cell appear, and how did that prototype evolve into the sophisticated cells of the human body? Melvyn Bragg is joined by Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at UCL; Nick Lane, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UCL and Cathie Martin, Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.