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Chris and Xand van Tullekan

The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed

Discover the amazing journey we all make from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth.

About the programme

In this major three part series Chris and Xand van Tulleken uncover the latest secrets of our bodies. By tracing the remarkable journey that we all make from the most helpless to the most sophisticated organism on earth they reveal the latest science that is changing the way we think about ourselves. Through a combination of experiments, cutting-edge research and ground-breaking graphics they reveal the extraordinary stories hidden within each and everyone of us; the story of how we survive, how we learn and how we grow.

Read more about the series on the BBC's programme pages , or explore the human body in more detail below.

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Dr Claire RostronSenior Lecturer in Health Sciences, School of Life, Health & Chemical SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Claire RostronSenior Lecturer in Health Sciences, School of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences

Claire joined the Department of Life Health and Chemical Sciences at the Open University in April 2007. Her research interests lie primarily in Behavioural Neuroscience/Biological Psychology. She has been Qualification Director for the Health Sciences curriculum and is currently involved in producing a new level 2 module in mental health: SK298 Brain, Mind and Mental Health.

Dr Kerry MurphySenior Lecturer in Neurophysiology, School of Life, Health & Chemical SciencesVIEW FULL PROFILE
Dr Kerry MurphySenior Lecturer in Neurophysiology, School of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences

Kerry has taught human biology at the OU for 20 years alongside research into Huntington’s disease. He is currently the STEM lead on the OpenSTEM Africa project, developing interactive onscreen experiments to teach practical science in schools with limited access to laboratory infrastructure.

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