Does the ability to more easily change the blueprint of life mean we’re on the path to repairing the broken bits in our genetic inheritance? Or have we tried this before and failed? 

This is the second video, in a three-part series of documentary shorts produced by Retro Report in partnership with STAT, investigating the roots of today’s most promising genetic technologies. 

This video looks back at the first gene-therapy treatment, where the patient saw the therapeutic benefits of receiving healthy genes decrease with time, but was never able to stop taking medication for her disease. Then all of the sudden, the death of a young patient in a leading gene therapy trial brought the field to a year-long pause. 

Should CRISPR’s enthusiasts be worried?


The Code, Part 1:

Finding The Code

The Code, Part 3: 

Selling the Code