Human Nature

  • Saturday 7 March | 9:30 am | Core Screen 2
  • Science, Health, Ethics
  • USA, 2019
  • 95 min


Scientists have begun to exploit a quirk in the immune systems of bacteria to edit genes in other organisms. The method, referred to as CRISPR, has been used on white mushrooms so they don’t turn brown quickly, and to treat sickle cell anaemia in mice. Then in 2018, the world’s first gene-edited babies were born, altered to confer resistance to HIV infection. What is the future of our species? (SXSW, HotDocs selected)

“Densely informative but surprisingly accessible.” – Pat Mullen, POV


Adam Bolt