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PBS ‘NOVA’ to broadcast CRISPR documentary “Human Nature”

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 ...
August 26, 2020

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.

The project is a NOVA production by the Wonder Collaborative for NOVA/WGBH Boston. It is exec produced by Rather, Elliot Kirschner and Greg Bousted alongside NOVA’s Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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