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Orphan Black has been telling us we have to go back…so we’re reviewing the science of Seasons 1 & 2: Neolutionism, stem cells, and more. This is the first of three parts, and we’ll be releasing them while covering Season 4.




Crib notes for Season 4:

Read about Donna Haraway, and Cosima Herter’s essay about how Haraway’s work influences Orphan Black Me/Drink Me and the Trouble with Cyborgs

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We’re talking about S1E3: How do you solve a problem like Dead Katja? What’s the best approach for babysitting? And how hard is self-surgery post-rebar impalement?

Also, we’ll give a brief history of fingerprints, and answer the question of whether clones would indeed have identical ones.


Show Notes

The History of Fingerprints

Beavan, Colin. 2001. Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science. New York: Hyperion. (Book that emphasizes Faulds’ role, and really hates Galton.) Victorian polymath: geographer, meteorologist, tropical explorer, founder of differential psychology, inventor of fingerprint identification, pioneer of statistical correlation and regression, convinced hereditarian, eugenicist, proto-geneticist, half-cousin of Charles Darwin and best-selling author. (Contains all of Galton’s work on fingerprinting, as well as scans of the Nature letters from Herschel, Faulds and Galton. Thinks Faulds was a nobody whiner.)


The forgotten pioneers of fingerprint science, G. S. Sodhi and Jasjeet Kaur, Current Science, 2005. (PDF)
(Tells the stories of Haque’s and Bose’s contributions to the fingerprint classification system commonly known as the Henry System.)


Adermatoglyphia: The Genetic Disorder Of People Born Without Fingerprints, Joseph Stromberg,, January 14, 2014.


The Claim: Identical Twins Have Identical Fingerprints. By ANAHAD O’CONNORNOV. 2, 2004, The New York Times



The Sepoy Rebellion/Indian Rebellion of 1857


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Episode 2 of our Spoiler Free Rewatch ramps up the drama, and brings Sarah Manning within striking distance of the answers she’s been seeking. Little does she know, it just gets weirder from here.



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Now that the Season 4 teasers have come out, it’s time to rewatch Orphan Black until the April premiere! Join us for our Spoiler Free Episodes to tide you over until then. 

This episode covers Season 1, Episode 1: Natural Selection, or Welcome Home, Sarah Manning!


Show Notes

Charles Darwin Online:

On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, &c.:

EvoWiki: Discussion of Darwin and Racism

Wikipedia: Scientific Racism Racism


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Waiting for the return of Orphan Black is hard. We want to help.

This is the first part of our survival series, offering shows to watch when you’re not rewatching (Orphan Black.)

NOTE: Episode 10B will be the first in our Rewatch series, covering Season 1, Episode 1: Natural Selection.

Show Notes:

Wired: Is Sense8 Too Radical For Critics?

Dark Angel — Official FOX Trailer (2000)


Utopia Trailer Channel 4 UK (2013)


Sense8 Trailer — Netflix (2015)


Mr Robot Trailer — USA


Humans Trailer — AMC



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In which we deal with our sadness at the end of Season 3, discuss the etymology of “neolution”, talk about what our plans for the off-season are (hint: biweekly episodes, a rewatch of the series and the science never stops) and give a few more candidates for Season 4 episode title sources.



Things we mention in the episode:

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life : Richard Hofstadter

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks : Rebecca Skloot

The Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment




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In which we wonder about why John Sadler had to die, discuss how hard it was to watch S03E09, and then explain mosaicism, chimerism and why mothers always have their children close to their internal organs.

Also: Shout outs to Tatiana is Everyone and Science Vs. Hollywood.

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CSI Chimera Episode and Blaschko’s Lines:



Chimeras, Mosaics and Other Fun Stuff:



Blood Group Chimerism In Human Multiple Births Is Not Rare: (PDF File)

“Pregnancy may thus establish a long-term, low-grade chimeric state in the human female.”

Male fetal progenitor cells persist in maternal blood for as long as 27 years postpartum.


Y-chromosome DNA Is Present in the Blood of Female Dogs Suggesting the Presence of Fetal Microchimerism: (open access)

Tatiana is Everyone: An Orphan Black Podcast

Science Vs Hollywood




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As mentioned in Episode 7 of the podcast, we’re taking your guesses as to where Orphan Black will take Season 4’s episode titles from. Please leave your vote in the comments:

A) The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells

B) Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

C) Other (Please give the title and author!)

We’ll collect answers here and at our Facebook Page until Saturday 27 June and then announce the winner. If nothing else, we’ll get some good suggestions for books to read while waiting for the next season.

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In which we briefly consider why Cosima hates to be the patient and whether the next faction hails from Cambridge, MA, then give you a crash course in proteins, prions and biochemistry. There will not be a test, but there are some handouts if you want them:

Conspiracy Maps: Leda Clones & Castor Clones


Proteins and Prions: UCSF Medical Center


Prions: On The Trail of Killer Proteins


Wikipedia: Prion


Stanley Pruisner’s Nobel Lecture on Prions


Also, if you have a suggestion for the source of next season’s episode titles, let us know. The poll will be available on our website and Facebook Page on Monday June 15th.

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These are the diagrams referred to in Episode 7, “Misfolded Proteins and Prions, Oh My!”


Map Of Castor Clone Players


Map of Leda Clone Players (will probably be outdated as on June 15 2015, because new episode.)