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Part 4 of our special series on Human Ancestry. Watch it all: http://bit.ly/OKTBSHuman
Watch Mutant Menu on BrainCraft: https://youtu.be/NrDM6Ic2xMM
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In part 4 of our special series on human ancestry and evolution, we look into the future. Now that genetic engineering tools like CRISPR allow us to edit our genes, how will that impact human evolution going forward? Are designer babies or eugenics around the corner? Welcome to a world of nonrandom mutation and unnatural selection.

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WHO fact sheet on obesity risks and death vs underweight: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

Jinek, M., Chylinski, K., Fonfara, I., Hauer, M., Doudna, J. A., & Charpentier, E. (2012). A programmable dual-RNA–guided DNA endonuclease in adaptive bacterial immunity. Science, 337(6096), 816-821.

Knoepfler, P. (2015). GMO Sapiens: the life-changing science of designer babies. World Scientific.

Enriquez, J., & Gullans, S. (2015). Evolving Ourselves. Oneworld Publications.

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