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Microbes to Macrobes

Warning: contains graphic images of victims of disease. Frank Fenner was one of Australia's greatest scientists. In a career spanning over sixty years, he helped save Australia's troops from malaria in World War II; charted the course of myxomatosis as it decimated Australia's feral rabbit population; was one of the leading figures in the global campaign which eliminated smallpox, arguably the greatest collective medical achievement in human history; and was a pioneering environmentalist. Frank's life was both charmed, and marked by significant tragedy. A man universally loved, with a profound insight into the workings of the natural world, he was unable to save the lives of some of those closest to him. Yet he helped save the lives of millions he never knew. How did such a modest man, from humble beginnings, grow to become such a significant global figure? 'Microbes to Macrobes' celebrates the life of Frank Fenner. A lively blend of family drama, scientific revelation, intimate interviews with friends, family, and some of the world's leading scientific minds, it combines rare archival footage, stunning visual effects, moving dramatisation and off the wall comedy.

Rating: E
Production Year: 2011
Duration: 1hrs & 03min
Printable Resources: Yes

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