Watch Human Nature Panel

Written by: The Exchange

The Science & Entertainment Exchange Presents a Special Pre-Release Viewing and Talk-Back for the New Documentary Human Nature.

From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, and the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And it isn’t digital; it’s biological.

You are invited to an exclusive screening of the documentary Human Nature. Join filmmaker Elliott Kirschner, bioethicist Alta Charo, and geneticist Tshaka Cunningham for a conversation moderated by Mónica Feliú-Mójer from the Wonder Collaborative. Once you RSVP, you’ll receive the film viewing link.

Human Nature tells the story of CRISPR genome engineering with a gripping mix of science and heart. It gives audiences a front row seat to a technological revolution that could reshape our planet and humanity itself. As we embark on a global conversation about an uncertain future, this film is essential viewing.

– Jennifer Doudna


R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. She has served as a senior policy advisor in the FDA’s Office of the Commissioner, working on drug safety, personalized medicine, and bioengineered foods. At present, she is a member of the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction project, and of the World Health Organization’s committee on global governance of genome editing.

Tshaka Cunningham is a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Trugenomix Inc., an emerging precision genomics biotechnology company that is harnessing the power of genomics to improve risk prediction and diagnosis of PTSD. In addition to his work at Trugenomix Inc., Dr. Cunningham serves as the Executive Director of the Faith Based Genetic Research Institute, a non-profit organization committed to educating and engaging minority communities to democratize their access to genomics research, precision medicine, and genetic therapies.

Elliot Kirschner is the Executive Producer of Human Nature and Executive Producer of the Wonder Collaborative, a New York Times best-selling author, and Emmy-award winning news and documentary producer. He got his start at CBS News, producing for such programs as 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning and the Evening News. In 2007, Kirschner joined legendary news icon Dan Rather to help manage a cable news and documentary program where he commissioned and oversaw numerous science reports. His 2017 book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, written with Dan Rather, was a bestseller.


Mónica Feliú-Mójer is a bilingual (Spanish and English) scientist-turned-communicator who taps into her training (a Ph.D. in neurobiology), personal background, and culture (a woman from rural Puerto Rico) to engage historically underserved and overlooked audiences, especially to Puerto Ricans and Latinxs, with science. She applies a cultural lens to storytelling—from writing to filmmaking—and science communication training to make science more equitable and inclusive.

The statements and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the event participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for this event or of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.