Featuring a discussion with DNA expert and Field Museum scientist Erica Zahnle
When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
Erica Zahnle is the lead educator for the Rice DNA Discovery Center–a permanent exhibition that helps Museum visitors explore the science behind DNA, and a research assistant in the Pritzker Lab. She is currently part of The Emerging Pathogens Project, generating sequences for DNA barcoding in bird species and identifying correlations of infection between avian hosts and some of their protozoan parasites. On weekdays she hosts "Talk to the Scientist Hour" in the DNA Discovery Center, a Q&A session that educates the public about the ongoing research in the Pritzker Lab.