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A film by Adam Bolt

Runtime: 94 minutes

Closed Captioning included


A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.


Festivals and Awards

Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

Official Selection CPH:DOX Film Festival

Official Selection: HOTDOCS Film Festival

Official Selection FULL FRAME Film Festival

New York Times Critics Pick


Press & Testimonials

"HUMAN NATURE tells the story of CRISPR genome engineering with a gripping mix of science and heart. It gives audiences a front row seat to a technological revolution that could reshape our planet and humanity itself. As we embark on a global conversation about an uncertain future, this film is essential viewing." - Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR pioneer and co-developer

“Most importantly, the film is nuanced and responsible in its depiction of a technology that will soon affect all of humanity.” – Bruce Alberts, President Emeritus, US National Academy of Sciences

"Technically superb, explaining complex biological discoveries in a readily understandable fashion through simple illustrations, clear language, and an informative historical perspective.   And it introduces viewers, in a balanced manner, to the prospects -- both the hopes and the worries -- that are prompted by diverse potential applications of CRISPR technology." - Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

“uniquely comprehensible, non-politicized presentation on this highly complicated yet transformative technology.” - Alta Charo, law professor and ethicist

“Every “Oh wow” in “Human Nature” is matched by an “Oh no” somewhere down the line. Together, these two competing emotions — excitement and unease — make for one pretty fascinating documentary.” – The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“Human Nature” a new film on the technology, braids the tool’s promise and potential perils into a riveting double helix.” – The Washington Post

“Thorough, lucid, and engaging” – The Boston Globe

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