American pubcaster PBS has set an early September premiere date for Adam Bolt’s feature-length documentary film Human Nature for its long-standing science strand ‘NOVA’.
Executive produced by veteran journalist Dan Rather, the 90-minute feature explores the science, history and ethics of CRISPR CAS-9 editing, a revolutionary gene-editing technology.
The film will chart the discovery of CRISPR editing, as well as its uses across the globe and its current applications. The technology has shown early promise as a cure for debilitating or lethal genetic diseases, but also has the capability of making changes to healthy genes, which has raised numerous ethical questions around the altering of human DNA.
Leading scientists, geneticists and medical professionals, alongside real people suffering from genetic diseases examine the moral quandaries of the ongoing debate around DNA modification. Featured throughout are Jennifer Doudna, a University of California Berkeley biologist responsible for key discoveries of CRISPR; David Sanchez, a young man with sickle cell disease, Nobel Prize-winning scientist David Baltimore, geneticist George Church and bioethicist Alta Charo, among others.
Human Nature premieres Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS and will be available for streaming on the PBS video app.