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Scientific Revolution or Freaky Science? Genetic Cross-Species Experiment Results in Human Shark-like Teeth

Aug 6th 2014 at 5:29 AM

1888 Press Release - Filmmaker Kit Farrell seeks interview subjects for documentary film profiling revolutionary discoveries in interspecies genetic research.

Filmmaker Kit Farrell has begun production on "Who Am I?", a feature documentary to explore transgenic experimentation currently underway in labs around the world. Fascinated by the potential for cures as well as the possibility of uncontrollable consequences, Ms. Farrell is seeking to interview scientists, doctors and patients involved with transgenic stem cell research and treatment in humans, no matter how advanced or preliminary.

Ethical, moral, and financial concerns along with a general fear of man-made change are frequently at odds with scientific innovation and the evolution of medical research. Says Farrell, "We are at the threshold of major breakthroughs in interspecies genetic engineering. We have the ability to save lives, cure diseases or alternatively, create personal and environmental disasters as a result of experimentation gone wrong. What are the ethical boundaries? Mistakes happen in nature and in science. Is there a difference?"

Ms. Farrell's most recent film, a documentary entitled "Pandora's Hope: We'll See What the Future Brings" [] provided the inspiration for her latest venture. Pandora's Hope explores, among other things, genetic modification in agricultural and biological organisms (GMOs) and growing trends in open source science. The film focuses on current scientific activity, in particular the transplantation of shark stem cells in a human jaw for tooth regeneration []. "Pandora's Hope" is currently screening in film festivals.

In her research for "Who Am I?" Ms. Farrell is uncovering scientists working on ground-breaking proprietary research, many in obscurity for fear of retaliation. Not only is their work frowned upon by the societies in which they live, but often their financing is fragile. The United States policy under President George W. Bush created a pervasive attitude that all stem cell research is against God's will. The banning of research with embryonic stem cells effectively set back America's efforts to lead the world in medical advances. Consequently inter-species stem cell research in the U.S. has been stigmatized and many of the scientific efforts conducted are clandestine in nature. Research in other countries is poised to overtake America's lead, as legalities differ from country to country. No matter where the work is taking place, Ms. Farrell promises to maintain interviewees' anonymity if so requested.

Ms. Farrell's recent interview with RMN Stars, "Filming is Underway for Kit Farrell's Scientific Thriller" [] outlines more of her motivation and challenges in making this film.

Interested parties are invited to contact her for more information:

Kit Farrell
Producer, Director
thekitfarrell ( @ ) gmail dot com

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