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NOVA; Life’s Greatest Miracle



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Life’s Greatest Miracle
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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A remake of Lennart Nilsson's world famous film "Miracle of Life," with Medical Photography by Lennart Nilsson and Sven Nykvist as director of photography, this completely updated edition tells the inside-the-womb story of human life from conception to birth using the latest technological advances in microscopy and medical imaging. Among the stunning new sequences shot by Nilsson is the incredible voyage of the sperm toward the egg. Other events captured in Life’s Greatest Miracle include the journey of the fertilized ovum down the fallopian tube, the hatching of the embryo from its confining shell on day six, and the miraculous transformation of an embryo from a ball of cells into three layers from which all the body’s organs will emerge. Additional highlights include budding brain cells and the bridging of endothelial cells to produce a network of blood vessels. NOVA uses computer animation to show what goes on deep inside the cell itself, as master control genes switch on and off to orchestrate the crucial timing of a baby’s development. One momentous change early on is the cascade of chemical reactions that determine whether an embryo will be a boy or girl.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Life’s Greatest Miracle,” 10/10/2001, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_616A61DBAD2C44269F73F03858CA122E.
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