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Just be yourself! Or be your other self. Whichever.
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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: http://amzn.to/1zsVizw

Chinese scientists have edited the genome of human embryos (sadly this news came out after we had filmed):
http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/23/8477491/human-genome-editing-embryo-china-crispr
How CRISPRs work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pp17E4E-O8
Scientists call for a moratorium on human gene editing: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/science/biologists-call-for-halt-to-gene-editing-technique-in-humans.html?_r=1
Three-parent babies: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/magazine/the-brave-new-world-of-three-parent-ivf.html


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