Unbuilt plans, discarded ideas and the unexecuted, offer an insight into a different history. The alternate can tell us a lot about the zeitgeist of an era and help to clarify how events have shaped the present, and will design the future. What would the world be like if we engineered our evolutionary path? Utilising the universal language of science this piece discusses how truth can be visually communicated through illustration. Although the contents of the counterfactual textbook ‘Genetic Revolution’ is fabricated, the reality is that controlling our DNA, growing organs and selecting genetic traits are all closer to becoming science fact rather than science fiction.