A recent U.K. television program called The Gene Code provided a great deal of information about DNA. Dr. Adam Rutherford explored the consequences of one of the biggest scientific projects of all time - the decoding of the entire human genome in 2000. Every human carries the entire story of life on earth hidden in his or her DNA and Dr. Rutherford explains how we are all linked directly to the origins of life and to the first creatures with backbones. He also investigated the implications of the fact that for much of its existence, the human race was an endangered species.
Anyone in the U.K. can watch this show on the BBC web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010j64w
Unfortunately, the BBC blocks anyone from outside the U.K. from watching the program. However, I was able to watch it on my laptop from the United States. Some months ago, I installed a virtual private network (VPN) on my laptop for security purposes. It allows me to open an encrypted connection to a distant web server and then access the World Wide Web from that server. I use it all the time when traveling and connecting to the Internet from public networks in hotels, coffee shops, airport waiting lounges, and elsewhere.
Today, I opened the VPN software and connected to a server in England. Since I was now connected to the Web with an English I.P. address, the BBC did display the video to me.
I wrote about the VPN installation in a Plus Edition article that is still available at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=15377 (a Plus Edition user name and password is required to access that article).
My thanks to Brian Swann for telling me about The Gene Code on BBC.
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