The genetics we learned from a textbook was a mystery not all that long ago.
Step into the Wayback Machine, Sherman, and take a look at the state of genetics circa 1960.
You’ll see the history of genetics up to that point, presented with a Star Trek vibe a few years ahead of it’s time.
The questions posed give an interesting perspective into what was known and not known about the science of heredity at the time:
- We both have brown hair. Why does our baby have red hair?
- What is “the gimmick” inside the cell that makes it work?
- Why is there a gene for blue eyes in my big toe?
- Could the sequence of the stairsteps be part of the code?
Don’t worry, Dr. Baxter can explain it all.
We owe our understanding of how traits are inherited to mathematics and one of the greatest achievements of the human mind. Once upon a time there lived a monk…who’s work went unnoticed…
56 years on, in the age of Next Generation Sequencing and CRISPR, it’s easy forget about the magic that goes on in a cell every minute and how fantastic it must have seemed in 1960. Imagine, what your research of today will seem like in 2072. You might be humbled when you check out how DNA replication was envisioned at the time (46:50).
The narrator makes this final statement. “The Bell System is grateful to all these scientists for their support of this venture in public education through entertainment.”
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