I remember watching some late-night episode of a U.S. sci-fi program when I was a kid in the 1990's, here in the UK. I'm pretty sure the episode was made in the 90's too.

What I remember of the episode is that it involved a scientist who was modifying himself, gradually it got out of control and he ended up with gills and was sort of monster-like.
I thought it might be from Tales From The Crypt, but I can't find an episode matching that plot. Any suggestions on what show this could be from would be gratefully received! :-)

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Never mind, I figured it out! If anyone is interested, it's from the first season of the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits and is called "The New Breed" and it's a great episode!

From Wikipedia's plot description:

Andy later discovers that he has pelvic cancer, and has approximately one year to live if the hip and leg are not removed. In desperation he sneaks into Stephen's lab and injects himself with the nanobots. They quickly eliminate his cancer.


Stephen embarks on a series of tests to find out exactly what the nanobots are capable of. Andy is submerged in water and unable to breathe, but the nanobots keep him alive. Things begin to go wrong when Andy wakes up the following day to find that the nanobots have responded to the tests by giving him gills, allowing him to breathe underwater in the future. After telling Stephen of this, they both agree that the nanobots must be deactivated immediately. Stephen is unsuccessful — he takes measure after measure to stop them, but he is never able to eradicate all of them.

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    Well, ehr... glad we could help :) Stick around, we've got loads and loads of unanswered story ID questions, maybe you can help with some of those?.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 14:26
  • Good you could find it yourself. I remember this episode, but I wouldn't have guesses this from your question...
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 17:43

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