Odds are, if you’re like most Americans, you probably first came across the most significant scientific discovery of the 21st century in a passing moment onscreen. Perhaps you saw a mutagenic bioweapon unleash a trio of monsters on the city of Chicago in last year’s “Rampage.” Or you watched as a scientist made a man part-abalone, giving him supermollusk strength and unbreakable skin, in 2016’s “Luke Cage.”
The tool used in both, known as Crispr, has been steadily creeping into mainstream pop culture, injecting new genetic engineering twists into speculative fiction. But the true story of Crispr, while less fantastical, is no less dramatic.
That’s the takeaway from a trailer released last week for Netflix’s new four-part docuseries “Unnatural Selection,” which promises to take even the most casual viewer inside the revolution that has been brewing in labs, companies, and garages around the world.
Using the bacterial quirk that is Crispr, scientists have essentially given anyone with a micropipette and an internet connection the power to manipulate the genetic code of any living organism.
“Unnatural Selection” premieres October 18 on Netflix.
Read the story at Wired.
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