'What kind of child would you like to have?' -- film explores implications of new developments in genetics

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Robin Bicknell talks about her film 'The Genetic Revolution'

A genetic revolution does seem to be occurring all around us. Reading the news and narrative fiction reminds us that science sometimes seems like it's a just a little bit ahead of where we might stand on some moral questions. Do laws yet even exist to manage and maintain new work around issues like cloning and fertility science, animal breeding and "bio-hackers"? - issues that a democracy didn't have to deal with not so long ago.  Do phrases like DNA testing, coding and mapping make you nervous or is this just the benefit and fruit of a focused and applied science?

Robin Bicknell and Face2Face host David Peck talk about The Genetic Revolution, selective breeding, our complex genetic relationships, ethical issues and changing another species. 

The Genetic Revolution is a new documentary that explores the exciting, rapidly evolving world of genetic engineering. It follows a group of brilliant scientists from across the globe as they use powerful new gene editing technologies in ways once thought unimaginable. The film also tackles the philosophical and environmental implications this new technology has on our species through interviews with such luminaries as Margaret Atwood and Jane Goodall.

The ability to gain control of our DNA is ground-breaking and revolutionary, and a responsibility all scientists working in the field take seriously. The Genetic Revolution follows the science as it progresses at breakneck speed. Pioneering scientists like Dr. George Church, Dr. Kevin Esvelt and Dr. John Zhang reveal how gene editing will soon be used to extend our lives, and treat or prevent ailments like Lyme disease. Families afflicted by hereditary diseases like Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy wait with bated breath as technologies are clinically trialed. The film is witness to a tipping point, recording scientific moments destined to change the world as we know it.

About the Director: Robin Sky Bicknell is a multi-award-winning documentary director, producer, and writer. She lives in Toronto, although her family roots are in Louisiana and Indiana in the United States. Her recent credits include Ice Bridge; Black Watch Snipers; Camp X: Secret Agent School; and The Curse of the Axe; and the second season of the popular series Surviving Evil.

Robin directed, produced and co-wrote the feature length film The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic, and directed, produced and wrote the feature length documentary The Body Machine, nominated for the Best Popular Science Documentary Rockie at the 2009 Banff International Television Festival and she received a Best Science Documentary Gemini nomination.

Image Copyright: Robin Bicknell and Yap Films. Used with permission.

Music Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

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