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Is the science of Orphan Black realistic? Could we clone humans, or engineer them to have customized traits? We take a look at today’s genetic engineering technologies to find out if designer babies and human cloning is, or should be, a reality.

BOOKS! For more on the modern science of cloning and genetic modification, read the book “Frankenstein’s Cat” by Emily Anthes:

Chinese scientists have edited the genome of human embryos (sadly this news came out after we had filmed):
How CRISPRs work:
Scientists call for a moratorium on human gene editing:
Three-parent babies:

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