Human Nature

Utah Film Center Salt Lake City, UT


Dana Carroll

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, University of Utah

Human Nature— CRISPR: Cure or calamity?

Biochemist Dana Carroll, recognized for his work in the area of DNA repair and recombination, discusses the potential and implications of CRISPR technology.

Utah Film Center Salt Lake City, UT

Film Synopsis

CRISPR gene-editing technology opens the door to correcting, even designing, DNA. But should we walk through it?

From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And it isn’t digital, it’s biological.

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.