Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Adapted from the popularly and critically lauded PBS television program of the same name, The Secret of Life video series includes eight educational films, designed specifically for classroom use with secondary and post-secondary students of modern science. The video series as a whole spans areas as diverse as genetics, bacteriology , and reproduction, each episode covering a unique sub-arena within biology. With a running-time of merely fifteen minutes each, the videos primarily attempt to provoke thought and stimulate discussion by relaying gripping scientific accounts and raising key related questions in students' minds. The episodes of the series include - Segment 1: "The Basics of Life: What's in Stetter's Pond?"; Segment 2: Viruses: Nothing to Sneeze at"; Segment 3 - "Evolution: It's in the Genes"; Segment 4 - "Development: Sex and the Single Gene"; Segment 5 - "Genetic Medicine: Tinkering with our Genes"; Segment 6 - "Biotechnology: In the Land of Milk and Money"; Segment 7 - "Portraits of Modern Science: On the Brink"; and Segment 8 - "The Biodiversity Crisis: Gone Before You Know It."