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Dan Rather and Adam Bolt back again on PBS tomorrow

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/20 – From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And it isn’t digital, it’s biological!


On September 9, NOVA, PBS’ premier science series is partnering with pediatrician Dr. Alok Patel on the launch of a major multiplatform event with their fall premiere of Human Nature. The 90-minute film will air with a follow-up short where Dr. Patel continues the investigation into the world of genetic engineering.


Calling on top subject matter experts consisting of bioethicists, geneticists, genomic scientists, and more – Human Nature aims to explore a breakthrough called CRISPR which has “given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life.”

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats or CRISPR, for short, opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits.


The tone of the Wonder Collaborative documentary begins rather positive highlighting CRISPR’s miraculous potential of curing devastating illnesses like sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, and cancer. Our hopeful bubble ultimately bursts as a 2017 Vladimir Putin pops on screen. While speaking at the World Festival of Youth in Sochi, Russia, he revealed the inevitable negative effects of such groundbreaking science.

“Genetic engineering will open up incredible opportunities…,” he begins. “But there is another part to this process. It means – we can already imagine  – it could be possible to create a person with the desired features. This may be a mathematical genius. This may be an outstanding musician. But this can also be a soldier, an individual who can fight without fear or pain.”


However, the beauty of Human Nature lies in its ability to accurately capture the juxtapositions of good and bad intentions.


Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is interviewed during the doc, offered an opposing viewpoint to Putin’s pessimism in the film. “[Humans] are capable of really evil things. We don’t need technology to commit evil acts… It’s not the tool that determines the end point, it’s the user.”

In addition to the documentary’s fair portrayal of multiple viewpoints, audiences will enjoy the digestibility of such complex scientific discoveries through the interviewees’ excitement for innovation and impending miracles. Viewers will walk away with new-found genetically based theories that ultimately transfer into life lessons.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.