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A web site devoted to novels and films that confront the social, ethical, and cultural implications of genetics. 


Blade Runner (1982; 1992)
Directed by Ridley Scott

In the 21st Century, the Tyrell Corporation genetically engineers a series of androids called replicants: virtually identical to humans, they exceed their creators in both strength and intelligence. These replicants are designed as off-world slave labor in the colonization and exploration of other planets. Once they mutiny in the colonies, they are banned from Earth and a special police squad of “blade runners” is created to “retire” replicants found here. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is one such blade runner, ordered to hunt down four “skin jobs” who hijacked a ship from the colonies and returned to Earth...

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