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200B01Animal Architects20000410In three programmes, Jolyon Jenkins examines the design, locomotive and pharmaceutical expertise that animals have developed over millions of years of evolution and asks how humans can learn from their examples.

1: `Animal Architects'.

"In three programmes, Jolyon Jenkins examines the design, locomotive and pharmaceutical expertise that animals have developed over millions of years of evolution and asks how humans can learn from their examples.

1: `Animal Architects'."

200B0220000417In three programmes Jolyon Jenkins examines the skills that animals have developed over millions of years of evolution and asks how humans can learn from their examples.

2: Scientists are studying the humble housefly in order to develop a flying robot to investigate collapsed buildings in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Can biological systems legitimately guide the design of a man-made system?

200B0320000424Jolyon Jenkins asks if animals could provide humans with a new generation of antiobiotics with which to tackle increasingly resistant bacteria.

For example, Australian ants produce a powerful antibiotic which they use to prevent the spread of infection.

"Jolyon Jenkins asks if animals could provide humans with a new generation of antiobiotics with which to tackle increasingly resistant bacteria.

For example, Australian ants produce a powerful antibiotic which they use to prevent the spread of infection."