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Our cells perform an amazingly vast variety of tasks within our body, from the brain cells that transfer the electronic impulses related to thoughts, to the white blood cells that wage war on harmful foreign intruders. Perhaps even more remarkable, almost all of our cells are different interpretations of the same exact code: our unique DNA sequence. Using musicians and conductors interpreting a score as a metaphor, Epigenome: The Symphony in Your Cells explains how cells reading from the same code are able perform distinct functions, and how chemicals can alter these functions over time.
Director: Thom Hoffman
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