Dr. Neil Shubin is the author of Your Inner Fish. He also served as the presenter and scientific advisor for the Emmy Award Winning three-part PBS miniseries of the same name. Dr. Shubin discusses his quest to understand the origins of the human body and how that search took him across continents and eons back in time.
Over a century of research from the fossil record, embryos, and DNA has revealed that inside each of us—in every organ, tissue, cell and gene of our bodies—lies over 3 billion years of the history of life. Through the discovery of transitional fossils and analyses of DNA in living creatures, we can see the ancient mechanisms that underlie the formation and workings of human bodies.
The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus provides a forum where Members and staff can interact directly with preeminent researchers responsible for important scientific discoveries. Many of the stunning advances, made possible by NIH funding, highlighted in these presentations have led to improved understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of human disease.