The risks and rewards of genetic engineering, animated

Pioneering biologist David Baltimore on the ethical quandary of engineering 'cures' with CRISPR

Produced in partnership with Science at Pioneer Works

This gene editing animation was produced by Massive and the Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works, Janna Levin. The beautiful animation was hand-cut and filmed  by director and artist Andrew Benincasa. 

Massive co-founder Nadja Oertelt interviewed Caltech biologist and winner of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, David Baltimore, for this animated piece. Baltimore helped assemble and run the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, held the same year he won the Nobel. His work along with others at MIT led to the discovery of reverse transcriptase and retroviruses, eventually up-ending a central dogma in molecular biology of information flow within the cell. 

The video was produced in collaboration with Sciences at Pioneer Works for the Scientific Controversies series. David Baltimore and Feng Zhang discussed genetic engineering with Janna Levin, Director of Science at Pioneer Works on April 13, 2018.