When done in the right way, scientific advances and medical breakthroughs are huge things, one that many different people in various fields will remember for years to come. They can be colleagues who would be honored to stand by you or reporters who want to help take the news to extraordinary levels with their coverage. With all that being said, one wrong step on the path to fame and fortune for these researchers could seep into their academic work, ruining everything they hope to achieve.
Although it remains controversial among many, the process of cloning everything from stem cells into animals is a rapidly developing phenomenon. A new documentary on Netflix called king of clones, Released on June 23, it brings interested viewers even more into this new world by highlighting one of the most relatable names, Korean researcher and veterinarian Hwang Woo-suk.
Beginning in 1999 and through numerous dramatic photographs and press releases, Hwang has made public promises to the press about what his work can do for the world on a global scale. He basically got his start by cloning cattle, in particular two cows named Yeongrong-i and Jin-i. These accomplishments alone gave man a god-like status.
Taking the world by storm in the worst way
While filmmakers King of clones Conducting several interviews with the man of the hour himself, those interviewed for this exploratory timeline include Dr Alex Tinson, who is the Australian Director of Research at the UAE Presidential Beauty Center, radiologist Dr Alexander Rubin and Rev. Kim. Gia en.
While these three individuals each have a unique and honest story about their relationship with Huang, which helps the general documentary spark a satisfying conclusion, the official description provided by Netflix sparks a devastating controversy that upends everything it has promised so far.
Fast-forward five years, and with many experiments related to this topic well into science, Hwang Woo-suk climbed to a new stage in February 2004 when he and his team created an embryonic stem cell. While this would have been an unusual occurrence, King of clones He dives into the scandal and embellishes the fact that the eggs that were used for the research were actually extracted from female members of Hwang’s own organization.
This automatically seals the stamp of ethical misconduct for his work. Since the heat was already on, some digging revealed that nine out of eleven putative lines of embryonic stem cells were fake. On top of everything else, it was later discovered that the DNA profile pictures in Hwang’s paper had been doctored, possibly even copied.
Producing the King of Clones in a unique way
The best part about King of clones Not the emotional arcs surrounding Dr. Robin and his quest to clone his late French bulldog named Csillo or the spiritual enlightenment that befell Reverend Kim Gia-un after his son’s untimely death. While profiles like this one help open up conversations about death and religion without the same fierce intensity of tearing a bandage off by highlighting both sides, director Adita Thayi adds an extra layer to the documentary by letting viewers themselves know about Hwang Woo-suk’s current status.
At the end of the movie, he has a peaceful encounter with the priest, which leads to a cut-throat scene, but that in no way marks the end of Hwang’s career. When one pays close attention to the chosen words said across the segments of interviewed scenes, Hwang seems to be constantly looking to the future and trying not to pay too much attention to the past.
He deals with the usual accusations and skepticism that come with this captivating new science, but never forgets to show the many benefits that cloning could have for various industries. Whether all this is classified as a miserable collapse of society or the beginning of a bright and new era, King of clones An exhilarating journey into the future.
Based in Singapore but with films covering a wide range of subjects in other countries, including London and Mumbai, Peddling Pictures worked alongside Mr. Tai to bring this surreal documentary to life.
With the first work of the company was a wonderful TV series called decoding india, which was released in 2016 and looked at the revolving complexities of the country’s volatile social and political issues, they’ve gone on to make other features Through the Looking Glass.
These features include encrypted world which delves into how digital algorithms control the world’s infrastructure; Ideas vs. Pandemica look at how some very creative people in Singapore who have been spurred on by the 2020 pandemic are finding solutions to the overbearing issues then and more recently, Click for the ransoman hour-long documentary detailing the fight between a rural Japanese hospital and an international organization of cybercriminals that wanted millions of dollars in exchange for the return of confidential patient information.
With exploratory features that touch on topics all over the world, the folks at Peddling Pictures seem to have struck gold again with their charming, detailed look at one man’s disorienting attempt to quickly change the world. Since it is readily available to stream on Netflix, King of clones is one documentary you don’t want to miss. Just don’t find yourself cloned in the process.