Last night the kids and I watched Nova's Evolution: What Darwin Never Knew. While I could do without the drama, repeated DNA graphics, and weak attempts at suspense building, I did find it fascinating when it finally got to the meat of the program. (Sloppy editing moment: The narrator said, "From leopard" while the video clearly showed a cheetah. Oops!)
The first half hour or so was pretty basic stuff and a bit boring for me, but I suppose the program was geared to a lowest common denominator. The hour after that was the most interesting and I learned a little more about control genes and their role in how life forms develop. Pretty cool stuff.
The next forty years or so of genetic science should be very exciting.
5 days ago