CBC Interviews ORPHAN BLACK Clone Inspiration, Cosima Herter

Cosima Herter, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota and science consultant on Orphan Black — who un-coincidentally sounds a lot like fan-favorite clone, Cosima Niehaus — talked with CBC about the science and plausibility of the show.


“Some of the science, of course, we’ve stretched it, it’s quite plastic. Clearly there aren’t clones running around. But we take some of these ideas, these real life ideas, these real life experiments and studies in biology, and we just slightly tilt them,” she notes.

“You have to suspend your disbelief, but only so much, because much of it is actually quite plausible. Much of it is actually quite real.”

Herter also discusses the reason why the clones on the show are not carbon copies of one another, which I think many of us expect clones to be — it’s definitely worth a listen!

Click here to listen to the complete interview.  And if you’d like to hear more from her, you can finder her on Twitter @RealCosima.

Also, you may want to check out this video on the “real Cosima” which was part of season 2 promotion.