Evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi embarks on a journey into a world populated by giants and dwarves,hairy-faced families,Cyclops babies and real-life mermaids to discover the secrets of human development. Leroi uses cutting-edge genetics and embryology to explore why we have one head not two,why our hearts are on the left hand side,why we have four fingers and two thumbs,why we are black or white,tall or short,hairy or smooth.
Presenter and writer: Armand Leroi based on his book 'Mutants'
Director: Philip Smith
Episode One: The Mystery of Growth
Armand Leroi looks at how we grow and what happens when that growth mechanism goes wrong.
Description:A three-part series presented by Armand Leroy,fusing cutting edge genetics and embryology with the science teratology to make a compelling case for how our distinct human shape and skills come to be.