Human Nature

Q&A about CRISPR with genetic researcher Dr. Yannick Doyon on October 18!

After decades of inspiring science-fiction narratives from Huxley to Marvel Comics, genetic editing is now a reality thanks to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), which allows scientists to treat disease, correct genetic disorders and potentially alter the DNA of a fetus to remove unwanted characteristics – or add desired ones. 

Poster for the genetic-editing documentary Human NatureBolt’s documentary explains the science swiftly, then explores the potential and nuance of gene-editing by talking to scientists, doctors and patients at the centre of the breakthrough. By matching human faces to the issues – most memorably David Sanchez, a kid whose debilitating sickle-cell anemia could be eradicated with CRISPR treatment – Human Nature turns data into an engaging narrative, and one that’s more hopeful than hysterical. 

– Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

Dr. Yannick Doyon of ULaval will attend our opening night show on Friday, October 18. He will take questions from the audience about the science and ethics of CRISPR and genetic editing.

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