Mutation – The Science of Survival

Myths and legends about mutations exist in popular culture and ancient folklore, but in reality mutation is part of all life on earth and is crucial for survival.

Produced by NHNZ

Human mutation has always been fascinating. From the exploitative ‘dime’ museums of the nineteenth century to reptile collector who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for oddly mutated specimens. Mutations are subjects of intense revulsion and wonder.

But beyond the spectacle is the science. Now research is uncovering how mutation works and how they may benefit medicine in finding cures for many life threatening diseases.

Mutation–The Science of Survival takes us beyond the visible into what causes mutations, revealing that mutation is a vital part of the evolutionary process. Species must mutate, or die.

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