The Chemistry of Life • 2012 • episode "2/3" The Cell

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How scientists sought to reveal the magic ingredient that could spark chemicals into life.

The Cell • 2012 • 3 episodes •

The Chemistry of Life

How scientists sought to reveal the magic ingredient that could spark chemicals into life.

2012 • Nature

Spark of Life

Adam Rutherford reveals how scientists are close to the creation of a new life form.

2012 • Nature

Hidden Kingdom

The first part explores how centuries of scientific and religious dogma were overturned by the earliest discoveries of the existence of cells, and how scientists came to realize that there was, literally, more to life than meets the eye.

2012 • Nature

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