Season Four of VICE on HBO premieres this Friday, February 5 at 11:00pm. Season Four is VICE's longest running season yet with 18 episodes from February 5 through July 1. The season opens with a segment on unnatural selection, human gene editing, and designer babies hosted by Isobel Yeung. The segment is timely given the U.K.'s recent decision to allow scientists to genetically modify human embryos.
After spending three months researching the topic, Isobel says she is
absolutely convinced that we should all be engaged in the so-far largely
science fiction debate on whether or not we should be able to edit our
own genes, before science takes over and its too late. For centuries,
scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and
animals. Now, a new gene-editing method called CRISPR has made that
process astonishingly simple—so simple that it could easily be used on
humans. Isobel reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the United
States on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we
know it. She speaks with renowned experts including George Church,
Jennifer Doudna and various bioethicists and foreign policy experts.
Over the course of the segment, Isobel learns about what this technology
actually means for the next generation. Isobel is a Correspondent and
Producer for VICE on HBO and you can follow her on Twitter @IsobelYeung.