Original Title: DNA dreams
Producer: Brigit Dopheide
Director: Bregtje van der Haak
Scientific Field: Biology/ Genetics/ Science’s effects on society
Country: The Netherlands
What if we could identify the genes for human intelligence? Would a brave new world of improved human beings be waiting for us? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute. The film follows 18-year old Zhao Bowen, who wants to find the genetic basis of intelligence by analyzing the DNA of 2,000 highly gifted children. At BGI’s cloning lab, 25-year old Lin Lin produces pigs in all shapes and forms. Deeply in love with her work, she feels “like a mother” to the piglets that are conceived under her microscope.