Blue chip science documentary Immortal reveals how the key to endless life has been discovered. The bad news is, it can kill you.
Astonishingly, science has uncovered the key to unlimited life – and a secret of endless youth. Deep in the DNA of a humble pond creature an Australian-born scientist co-discovered an ‘immortalising’ enzyme, a chemical catalyst that can keep cells young, forever. In 2009 this discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. But, this is no simple ‘cure’ for ageing. For the same enzyme that fuels endless youth, also fuels cancer. Immortal reveals the inner workings of this biological paradox and its remarkable impact on ageing, stress, disease and cancer.
Immortal won the 2012 Emmy© Award for Outstanding Science Programming, Special Jury Prize at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Best Documentary and Health Journalist of the Year at the National Press Club, Grand Jury Prize at the Paris Science Film Festival, Best Educational Film at CINE International Film Festival, and many other prestigious awards.
Written and Directed by Sonya Pemberton. Produced by Tony Wright.