Unnatural Selection (TV series)

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Unnatural Selection
Original poster
Created by
Directed by
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
Theme music composer
  • Gene Back
  • T. Griffin
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)
  • Joe Egender
  • Brandon Hill
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Christian Thompson
  • Christina Clusiau
  • Shaul Schwarz
  • Lauren Haber
  • Marc Zahakos
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Anna Beeke
  • Christina Clusiau
  • Shaul Schwarz
  • Ling Mai
  • Joshua Ryan Perez
  • Jack Schurman
  • Grant Slater
  • Andrey Alistratov
  • Jason Blevins
  • Mae Ryan
  • Moussa Traoré
  • Mohamed Elsafty
  • Connor Kalista
  • James Morrison
  • Bill Sebastian
Running time62–70 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Radley Studios
  • Reel Peak Films
  • Twist and Turn Films
Original networkNetflix
First shown inOctober 18, 2019
Original releaseOctober 18, 2019
External links
Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection (or stylized as, "unnatural selection") is a 2019 TV documentary series that presents an overview of genetic engineering and particularly, the DNA-editing technology of CRISPR - from the perspective of scientists, corporations and biohackers working from their home.[1][2] It was released by Netflix on October 18, 2019.


Unnatural Selection is a documentary series.

Season 1[edit]

The first season consists of 4 episodes. It became available for streaming on October 18, 2019.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Cut, Paste, Life"70 mins
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)
The technique of editing genes may help eliminate some diseases – biohackers experiment with the technique – scientists study related ethical considerations.
2"The First to Try"64 mins
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)
Trying new gene therapies may (or may not) help the lives of patients – there are considerable risks involved; improvements are not at all assured.
3"Changing an Entire Species"62 mins
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)
The consequences of editing genes may be considerable and far-reaching — species may be modified in unforeseen ways or, perhaps, eliminated entirely – ethicists and others are deeply concerned.
4"Our Next Generation"68 mins
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
  • Leeor Kaufman
  • Joe Egender
October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)
A couple waits for their "three-person baby" in the Nadiya Clinic in Kiev that employs pronuclear transfer techniques.


According to reviewer Megan Molteni, writing for Wired Magazine, "Unnatural Selection chronicles the ambitions and struggles of scientists, doctors, patients, conservationists, and biohackers as they seek to wrest control of evolution from nature itself. They are all navigating the profound ethical dilemmas of a world where it’s possible to rewrite the code of life inside any organism, including human ... If you were looking for a Schoolhouse Rock! explanation of how Crispr works or a deep dive on the history of its discovery, Unnatural Selection won’t deliver ... All the requisite references will be made [in the series]—to Gattaca, to Huxley, to “life, uh, finds a way.” ... After watching Unnatural Selection you might not have a better understanding of how Crispr-Cas9 differs from Crispr-Cas12e, a, or b, but you’ll definitely have something to talk about on the subway."[1]

According to reviewer Dream McClinton, writing for The Guardian, "For the [film-makers], the series had to tell the broader, more intricate story of genetic engineering, a story filled with great risk, benefits, consequences, emotions, sentiments and future, to better illuminate the field and further the discussion on the technology ... The series is haunted by feelings of ambivalence from the scientists who are cautious about tipping the scales towards a possible dystopian future .. Unnatural Selection demonstrates the worry of many, and the hope of others, threaded into a huge tapestry of possibility of a more perfect future ... While [one of the film-makers] doubts the series will change the minds of the public about genetic engineering, [he] hopes it will educate some about both the benefits and risks of genetic engineering."[2]

There are other reviews of the series, including reviews from the TheReviewGeek[3] and ReadySteadyCut.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Molteni, Megan (October 18, 2019). "A Netflix Series Explores the Brave New World of Crispr - From malaria-ridden villages in Burkina Faso to fertility clinics in Ukraine, Unnatural Selection takes viewers deep into the gene-editing revolution". Wired (magazine). Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b McClinton, Dream (October 17, 2019). "Unnatural Selection: the eye-opening Netflix docuseries on gene editing - Film-makers Joe Egender and Leeor Kaufman talk about their revealing four-part series about major advances in genetics". The Guardian. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Greg (October 18, 2019). "Unnatural Selection – Netflix Season 1 Review". TheReviewGeek.com. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Hart, Daniel (October 16, 2019). "Unnatural Selection Season 1 Review: A Strange Future Is Upon Us". ReadySteadyCut.com. Retrieved October 20, 2019.

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