DNA, the very essence of life, can now be altered. Not only by Harvard geneticists and multi-billion dollar corporations, but also by renegade biohackers working out of their garages.
This is the world we now live in. CRISPR, a new revolutionary gene-editing tool so simple, precise, and inexpensive that experts are calling it the most positively life-changing and potentially dangerous discovery in the history of mankind. The implications are endless - eradicating disease, designing human beings, wiping out entire species or even creating new ones. Given the power of these technologies, should they be regulated or democratized? And who will make these decisions? Our four-episode series Unnatural Selection follows character-driven stories from leading scientists to desperate patients to boundary-pushing biohackers as they each embark on a quest to reach their goals while confronting moral, societal, and technological challenges unlike any humanity has ever faced before.
The United States is the only country in the world where juveniles are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that this practice is unconstitutional and individuals who were given this sentence as juveniles should be resentenced. This time around, judges must take into consideration the offender’s age and circumstances at the time of the crime. Many states, however, are defying these rulings and are once again asking for life without parole. Our four-episode series The Damage Done follows several cases as they go through the resentencing process. We spend time with the offenders, their families, and their attorneys, as well as with the victims’ families as they wrestle with retribution versus forgiveness. Many of these prisoners committed serious crimes; they created hardship and pain. Yet the Supreme Court’s decision has allowed for the possibility they will get a second chance. The Damage Done attempts to raise the question: What is appropriate punishment and what are we looking to do as a society when we punish those who do wrong?