When her allergies flare, she blames words stuffed in her genome by her too-trendy parents: social media links and the full text of Hamlet.
Synthetic biologists at Harvard University have successfully encoded movies into e. coli DNA using the microbial immune system CRISPR–Cas. While the system itself is limited to one frame per cell, the potential of this discovery to create live recordings from brain cells lends itself to sci-fi worthy of a Black Mirror episode. Hal Y. Zhang takes this discovery and renders it through the lens of a world obsessed with IVF and adapting our children. What will happen when parents can edit DNA? // Alex Massey