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Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

For nearly 2 million people, the restless nights, anxious days, over-caffeinated spiral is almost over. On April 14th, Orphan Black returns with its fourth season.

A few Christmases ago, I compiled a list of television shows and movies that feature stem cells in a leading or supporting role. At the time, I referred to Orphan Black as my guilty pleasure.

But thanks to George Dvorsky at io9, I no longer have to hide my enthusiasm for this funny sci-fi drama – not my usual genre – about human clones and their misadventures, otherwise referred to as a “conspiracy thriller.”

George Dvorsky has written an intriguing article called “The Real-Life Science Behind Orphan Black” that makes me feel justified in liking this sometimes over-the-top show. (Have you watched season three?) According to him, “In addition to being incredibly entertaining and provocative, the popular Orphan Black series is absolutely teeming with science. From human clones and genetic engineering through to DNA barcodes and genetic patents […] the writers — with the help of science advisor Cosima Herter — get much of the science right.”

Lead actress Tatiana Maslany has won a slew of awards for her portrayal of the clones in Orphan Black, more proof that there is something special happening here.

I can’t promise that season four won’t jump the shark, but if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching this entertaining show that introduces TV viewers to the exciting, controversial and complicated world of regenerative medicine, I encourage you to go back to the beginning and watch the first episode. Maybe I’ll join you and go on this crazy ride all over again.


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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.