Table of contents

FOREWORD by Cosima Herter

INTRODUCTION: Welcome to the trip

CHAPTER ONE: “How many of us are there?” The history & science of clones

CASE STUDY: Sarah Manning

CASE STUDY: Alison Hendrix

CHAPTER TWO: “There’s only one of me” Nature versus nurture

CASE STUDY: Cosima Niehaus

CHAPTER THREE: “You’re just a bad copy of me” Kendall Malone: one person, two cell lines

CASE STUDY: Elizabeth Childs

CASE STUDY: Tony Sawicki

CHAPTER FOUR: “This is my biology, my decision” Synthetic biology and human experimentation


CHAPTER FIVE: “My poor, poor Rachel” Rachel’s brain injury

CASE STUDY: Rachel Duncan

CHAPTER SIX: “Your little girls are dying” The clone disease

CASE STUDY: M. K. (Veera Suominen)

CASE STUDY: Krystal Goderitch

CHAPTER SEVEN: “And we, here, shall drink from the fountain first” Prolongevity and regeneration

THE CONVERSATION: Graeme Manson and Cosima Herter


Orphan Black and History: A Timeline

Selected Bibliography



An official guide to the science in the hit TV show Orphan Black by science writers Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth, featuring exclusive insights from co-creator Graeme Manson and science consultant Cosima Herter. The Science of Orphan Black takes you behind the closed doors of the Dyad Institute and inside Neolution.