Review: Human Nature hits home in the age of coronavirus – Los Angeles Times

Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11:48 am

Some days, the miracles of biotech and gene therapy feel like Brave New World is around the corner, and other days like these very days their promise and power cant come fast enough. The cloud of viral uncertainty were currently in makes Adam Bolts science documentary Human Nature an intriguing, mind-tingling watch as it tells the underreported story of CRISPR, the microorganism molecular system discovered in the 1980s, which revealed to the scientific world that DNA the building blocks of our lives can be targeted, snipped and repaired.

Viruses can then be located and stopped, and something like sickle cell can be eradicated, but also if ones imagination is invoked, money is deployed and subjects are willing humans can be designed and cultivated like an attractive, pest-resistant crop. Bolts ethically engaging, easy-to-grasp and artfully conceived film covers a wide range of areas that stir us to think about benefits and costs.

His brainy interviewees from CRISPRs early discoverers and champions to the smiling entrepreneurs ready to help fix our aging, diseased bodies are a personality-rich bunch whose recognition of how significant this is for future generations is presented with wonder, humor and sometimes a welcome pause.

Theres plenty of What have we done? and Wow, what could we do? to go around in Human Nature, which makes for a health swirl of amazement and caution. But as the world tries to right itself from the spread of an unseen global threat, it may very well be the amazement in Bolts film that viewers cling to most.

'Human Nature'

Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Playing: VOD and digital

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