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Odyssey of Life (#2318)

In this program, Nilsson turns his lens toward the unseen war that human bodies fight every day against bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic intruders. This episode takes viewers inside the human body to witness the war between invading bacteria and parasites and our immune systems. Nilsson provides incredible close-ups of viruses invading cells and multiplying. Viewers also encounter hair-raising magnification of tiny mites, beetles and borers that share humans' everyday surroundings, and are left with a poetic vision of nature's eternal cycle of decay and renewal. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
436 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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Series Description: PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

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