biological

NOVA
The Truth About Fat

 

Scientists are coming to understand fat as a system akin to an organ — one whose size may have more to do with biological processes than personal choices. Explore the mysteries of fat and its role in hormone production, hunger and even pregnancy.

 

 

 

SECOND OPINION
Insomnia

 

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. No matter the cause, insomnia is the most commonly reported sleep disorder, and can cause incredible disruption in a person’s well-being.

 

 

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Mystery Men

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Mystery Men, actress Felicity Huffman

 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams discover a wealth of hidden family history. Both grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering.

 

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9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
The Final Countdown

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

The Final Countdown
Meet the miracle that is you. See how your time in the womb, as your senses mature, has determined your destiny on the outside. Survey the latest epigenetic research that shows how the womb environment leaves its mark, even altering your DNA.

 

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
One of a Kind

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

One of a Kind
Learn how you became the unique individual you are. No two people – even “identical” twins – are identical. Through riveting examples, explore how your face was shaped, why you’re likely to be right-handed, even how your sexuality formed.

 

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU
The First 8 Weeks

9 MONTHS THAT MADE YOU: The First 8 Weeks

 

Discover the thrilling story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

 

The First 8 Weeks
Discover the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb. Chart the metamorphosis from the lizard-like, mouse-like and monkey-like forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Little White Lie

 

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she’s always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father’s identity. The film is a moving look at the legacy of family secrets and the healing power of truth.