Dead Famous DNA

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Science Documentary hosted by Mark Evans, published by Channel 4 in 2014 - English narration

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Dead Famous DNA Mark Evans sets out to track down the remains of some of history's most famous figures. With eminent scientists applying the latest advances in DNA testing to the samples he obtains, he attempts to solve some of the mysteries that have persisted around them and raise awareness of what this fast-evolving science is now capable of. Evans tracks down body parts and human relics claimed to belong to high-profile figures including Adolf Hitler, Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Napoleon, Marlon Brando and King George III. He works with scientists to extract their DNA and analyse their genome: the genetic blueprint of life. The results provide some astounding discoveries about these historical figures.

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Mark Evans discovers that Elvis Presley could have suffered from a genetic heart muscle disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which may have led to his tragically early death.

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Mark Evans tries to learn more about John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe from samples of their hair, and travels to New Jersey to come face-to-face with Napoleon's penis.
Experts analyse two of Charles Darwin's beard hairs to try to solve a 130-year-old riddle by identifying the debilitating mystery illness the 'Father of Evolution' suffered from for most of his life.

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Mark Evans follows the extraordinary trail of relics claimed to come from Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun: bones sold by a KGB defector and hair apparently found on a hairbrush at Hitler's mountain retreat by a US Army intelligence officer at the end of the Second World War. As Mark checks out the provenance, the scientists extract the DNA and reveal an extraordinary result.
Mark also meets a Canadian dentist who owns one of John Lennon's teeth and wants to clone the Beatles legend, and tests what's claimed to be a tiny part of Marlon Brando.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3179 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 48mins
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.05 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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