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Source:  The Washington Post

Should you be terrified or exhilarated at the prospect of a gene-editing tool fueling a modern-day scientific revolution?

“Human Nature,” a new film on the technology, braids the tool’s promise and potential perils into a riveting double helix.

The Dan Rather-produced doc, which was directed by Adam Bolt, focuses on CRISPR-Cas9, a technique that “programs” an enzyme to seek and find a specific position on DNA, then cut the molecule at the preferred location.  Scientists can then add, delete, or edit the DNA.

One of the film’s strengths is its lack of narrator.  Instead, it relies on scientists, patients, and others to tell a complex story with ease.

Insightful 3-D graphics that borrow from microscopic imagery make the science understandable without dumbing it down.

Read the story at The Washington Post.


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