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CRISPR and the Future of Human Evolution

Season 5 Episode 17 | 5m 58s

In part 4 of our special series on human ancestry and evolution, we look into the future. Now that genetic engineering tools like CRISPR allow us to edit our genes, how will that impact human evolution going forward? Are designer babies or eugenics around the corner? Welcome to a world of nonrandom mutation and unnatural selection.

Aired: 05/16/17
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Learn about the space junk problem and the giant space claw named ClearSpace-1 that might
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