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Death By Design Review


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This short documentary is a good introduction to the notion of cellular death, but it's probably more suited for a progressive classroom environment than on your home DVD player.

Jean-François Brunet and Peter Friedman mix talking heads with lab visits and semi-non-sequitur archive footage to make their points. Or rather, to explain how cells work. We visit with researchers who know the life cycle and function of every single cell in a 1mm-long worm. We see video of a cell dying and evaporating. We hear about how cells have to work together to stay alive. And we see a choreographed number of kids and adults in a circle, playing with mock snowballs.

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