Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: Human Nature


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Apr 27, 2019 6:00 PM
CC | Tickets: $24
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Events & Big Ideas Series
Film Subjects:Health & Healthcare
Science & Technology
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Adam Bolt
Producer(s):Sarah Goodwin
Meredith Desalazar
Elliot Kirschner
Executive Producer(s):Elliot Kirschner
Dan Rather
Greg Boustead
Editor(s):Regina Sobel
Steve Tyler
Writer(s):Adam Bolt
Regina Sobel
Cinematography:Derek Reich
Composer:Keegan Dewitt


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Featuring director Adam Bolt, executive producer Dan Rather and biochemist Jennifer Doudna

Meet celebrated biochemist and leading figure in the "CRISPR revolution" Jennifer Doudna, director Adam Bolt and executive producer Dan Rather, as they discuss breakthroughs in genetic engineering and what these mean not only for the future of medicine and disease, but for the evolution of humanity itself. Hosted by science broadcaster and author Ziya Tong.

About the film
With revolutionary advances being made in numerous scientific fields, one particular subfield of biology stands out, with the potential to fundamentally change the course of a human's life before they're even born. One of the most significant breakthroughs in modern history, the discovery of CRISPR has unlocked our ability to manipulate human DNA. The implications of this genetic tinkering could mean the cure and erasure of diseases or, on a broader and more controversial scale, the possibility of shaping children according to predetermined traits. Reaching out to scientists, engineers and people whose lives could be affected, Human Nature offers a wide-ranging and informative look at the possibilities of designing our future. For the first time in the history of our world, we have the potential to craft our own evolution. But should we? Gabor Pertic

About the host
Ziya Tong, Broadcaster & Author 
Ziya Tong is an award-winning science broadcaster, best known for her work with Discovery's flagship show, Daily Planet, and NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Reality Bubble, and is this year's winner of CBC Canada Reads 2019.

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  • Toronto Life - The five films in Hot Docs' Big Ideas explore how far we've come - and how much farther we have to go
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