Update: Docu-thriller "Make People Better" is available everywhere!
Updated: May 1
This new doc tells the inside story behind the first genetically designed babies created in China.
In 2018, the Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui (known as JK) crossed a Rubicon in human evolution by implanting genetically modified embryos and bringing two babies to full term, the first born in the world. JK genetically enhanced the twins to be immune to HIV. This doc tells the story of the experiment and the whistleblower who revealed it all.
Not to mention, over the last couple of months, the Make People Better team has been focused on sharing educational content around gene editing and the ethical and philosophical implications of this powerful technology. Follow the film's Instagram channel to learn more and join the conversation.
Cody Sheehy (the director of the documentary) and Dr. Samira Kiani (genetic engineer, science communicator, and producer of the film) also launched an exciting new podcast series that looks at the many ways that the genomic revolution will transform and disrupt society.
It explores the themes of immortality and spirituality, how gene editing could cure most genetic diseases, the daunting risks of biological terrorism, and how we now have the power to engineer entire species of animals and plants in nature. And it digs into how Hollywood and pop culture has shaped the public’s perception of genetic engineering/gene therapy and other related topics. This podcast is brought to you by the RandomGood Foundation.
The podcast is now available on Apple, Spotify, and all other major podcast platforms.