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Genetic Engineering Will Be A Big Part Of The "X-Files" Reboot

According to the show's science advisor.

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Simon, who has worked with the show since its first season, wouldn't reveal much, but she did tease us with some tantalizing clues:

Genetic modification technology will play a major role, she said.

TED / Via youtube.com

From a scientific standpoint, she said that a major plot element is the use of a technology called CRISPR-Cas9. This technology, in essence, makes it possible for us to alter the DNA of living cells, including human cells. How this comes into play? Only time will tell.

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Simon is a world-famous plant virologist and a professor of cell biology and molecular genetics at the University of Maryland.

University of Maryland / Via life.umd.edu

Simon started working on the show since late in the first season, when her family friend, Chris Carter (the writer and executive producer of the show) needed a biology expert. Her input has contributed to numerous aspects of the larger X-Files mythology already.

The truth IS out there. New episodes begin Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on Fox!

Science Writer, Fossil Beastmaster

Contact Alex Kasprak at alex.kasprak@buzzfeed.com.

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