The CRISPR Revolution
Human Nature is a film about one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century – CRISPR.
Extracted from bacterial immune systems, the CRISPR-CAS9 gene scissors is enabling ground-breaking scientists to gain unprecedented control over the most fundamental building blocks of life. This is opening up ways for us to cure diseases, redesign the entire biosphere and, ultimately, even design our own children. However, what is lagging behind this rapid progress is the setting of ethical boundaries. Human Nature conveys the fundamentals of genome research, thereby enabling a thoughtful exploration of the far-reaching implications of this revolutionary technology. In easy-to-grasp animations on genetics and fascinating interviews with renowned experts, the film examines the viewpoints of the scientists who discovered CRISPR, of the families affected by its potential, of the bioengineers who are pushing the technology to the limits of the scientifically possible, and of the companies that are already using the genetic scissors to make profits, regardless of the still unresolved ethical issues. But how will this new power change the human relationship to nature? What does it mean for human evolution? How far should research be allowed to go? To find urgently needed answers to such complex questions, Human Nature takes its viewers on a journey from the most distant human past to spectacular and questionable predictions of an unresolved future. Whether we like it or not, this future is already in full swing.
- Venue: Forum on the ground floor
- Free admission
- Language: original English version with German subtitles
- Released for viewers aged 12 years and up
- Futurium is a wheelchair-accessible venue.
- The event is aimed at interested participants of all ages.
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