A two part series looking at the extraordinary biology of isolated communities, and how by studying them we can learn more about the biggest one of all - Planet Earth.
By Andrew Luck-BakerThe first programme looks at what scientists can learn by studying some of the most isolated communities on the planet, such as Iceland.
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Andrew Luck-Baker explores our fascination with artificial isolation.
Scientists are taking a keen interest in creating self sustaining Closed Worlds.
If we are ever to explore the solar system, we will need to invent closed systems that will supply all our essentials for years on end, and a manned Mars mission is a prime example.
The effects of long term space travel are high on the list of priorities of the top space programmes around the world, and already some interesting experiments are going on down here on Planet Earth to recreate conditions in these enclosed environments.