What does it mean to be human when we can engineer our genetic code?

Watch the fifth episode of our animated Frankenstein series, Reanimation!

Produced in partnership with ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

Reanimation! is a seven-part series created by seven animation teams and 12 scientists, writers, engineers, physicists, and an archaeologist, on the lasting impact of Shelley’s famous work. 

Each episode waxes poetic about different scientific, ethical, and philosophical domains and the lessons we’ve collectively learned from Dr. Frankenstein’s mistakes and triumphs.

Is the use of engineering to change the human form new or are we simply using new methods to satisfy an evolutionary desire for change? In the fifth episode, Better Humans, Braden Allenby, an engineer and ethicist at Arizona State University and Conor Walsh, a biomedical engineer at Harvard and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, discuss what our bodies might look like in the future. What does it mean to be human when we can use new tools to alter our  phenotype? With explosive animation by the animation team at Moth Studio, and sound by Skillbard.