ans of the TV series and movie franchise The X-Files
know Anne Simon
. Author of the 2001 book The Real Science Behind the X-Files: Microbes, Meteorites, and Mutants
, Simon has been a close scientific advisor to showrunner Chris Carter
. As we are currently preparing an interview of Mrs. Simon, mostly focused about her book, we are giving an exclusive opportunity to our members to ask her questions.
We do not promise that all of your questions will go into the final interview, but we'll definitely pick some of the most interesting ones.
Feel free to reply to this message with your questions. We will be updating this topic along the way, until we do the interview.
Here are the current questions:
Question 1 - By IronButterfly83
Thinking back on Ice and Fight the Future: In light of recent discoveries of viruses found alive in thawing permafrost, back in the 90's, did you ever think something like this could actually have become a reality?
Question 2 - By IronButterfly83
On season 11, the threat of global pandemic: There is fear that smallpox and the bubonic plauge could be found alive in the permafrost of Siberia. With the smallpox vaccine phased out, the threat of an actual global pandemic seems to be a reality. What are your thoughts on this?
Question 3 - By IronButterfly83
These previously dormant viruses could potentially find their way into the oceans. Birds could collect and transport during migration. Animals restricted to arctic regions could face extinction if exposed to the wrong virus. Do you think we could see some kind of global event in our lifetime? Other thoughts?
Question 4 - By DuaneB
Would you say that the show would have had the same resounding if the scientist aspect were not so strong and as best as possible threated in a realistic way? Or could we say that it goes together with the emergence a female archetype like Scully? How could you analyze the difficult position for a creator that is to create an intelligent scientist presence in show that mainly speaks about irrationality? Isn't it a contradictory but creative position?
Question 5 - By JoAnne Corrigan (@corrwest)
In chapter 3, section “Aliens ‘R Us” at p.163, you discuss how the “genes of the human genome take up less than 5% of DNA in a cell”. The other 95% known as “junk” DNA had no known purpose. What do we know about its purpose now?
Question 6 - By JoAnne Corrigan (@corrwest)
If I have this straight, chromosomes (23 pairs in every human cell) contain our genes and are made of DNA. Scully has alien DNA in Season 10. Is it in every one of her cells? Is it on any particular chromosome or is it an extra one? How could it get there?
Question 7 - By JoAnne Corrigan (@corrwest)
I’ve done some reading on CRISPR/Cas9 (which I know is mentioned in X-Files recently) but since I am not a scientist it is quite confusing. I am wondering if you can explain what it is and how it works in plain language?
Question 8 - By JoAnne Corrigan (@corrwest)
Scully tests her DNA and gets back a gel with short black lines. I think this is “agarose gel electrophoresis” (thanks Google) and the lines represent different separated parts of the DNA, but again it is confusing. How are these gels read and what do the lines mean?