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

According to the show's science advisor.

Posted on January 21, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. ET

BuzzFeed Science spoke with X-Files science advisor Anne Simon about what kind of science we might see in the show's reboot.

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.

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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.

And this science will tie into a "really big" plot twist, that will "kind of explain the whole conspiracy theory and what the cigarette-smoking man was doing."

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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.

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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.

“[Carter] had asked me to come up with something pretty different than I’ve ever come up with on the X-Files,” she said.

“I came up with something that explains an awful lot of what hasn’t been explained,” Simon said.

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