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Open Call: Feature Film to Focus on Transgenic Research

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SOURCE Kit Farrell

Documentary filmmaker Kit Farrell (http://www.kitfarrell.com/ ) is seeking researchers and therapists as well as clients in the field of xeno-transplanted stem cells to interview for a feature film currently in production exploring the potential, the boundaries, and the ethics of such research

NEW YORK, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Producer, Director Kit Farrell is exploring case studies and therapeutic trial metadata for animal or plant stem cell use for human therapeutic purposes. Farrell is interested in successes and failures with pig, mouse, monkey and other stem cell sources and any other groundbreaking research. Case studies with evidence of therapeutic cell uptake are particularly welcome, such as spinal and retinal regeneration. She is also interested in cases where over-passaged cells result in tumors or where immune response to xeno stem cells becomes significant. She will arrange video documentation and interviews to help publicize selected research.

Shark stem cell recipient Joe Howard in the documentary film "Pandora's Hope."

Says Filmmaker Kit Farrell, "We are at the threshold of major breakthroughs in inter-species 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" (http://pandoras-hope.com/ ) 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 taking place on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, in particular the transplantation of shark stem cells in a human jaw for tooth regeneration. In this context, Kauai is used as a metaphor for what is taking place world-wide. "Pandora's Hope" is currently screening in film festivals around the world. The trailer for Pandora's Hope can be viewed at http://youtu.be/4Mb1E8y2pUQ.

Interested parties are requested to send a brief summary of their projects, including their professional objectives and results, no matter how preliminary, to Kit Farrell at thekitfarrell@gmail.com.

Contact:
Kit Farrell
thekitfarrell@gmail.com
646-652-6617

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