Wed, 24 August 2011
Topic: Cutting Edge Bioinformatics and Genetics.
Hosted by Stephen Euin Cobb (author of Skinbrain) this is the August 24, 2011 episode of The Future And You. [Running time: 33 minutes]. This is the second half of a discussion panel recorded before a live audience on July 16, 2011 in Chattanooga TN at the SF&F convention LibertyCon. (The first half is available in last week's episode.)
Dr. Diane Mucci, formerly with the National Institute of Health (NIH), is currently a full time professor of biotechnology, and has a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. Cathy Smith is an insect molecular geneticist with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Gary Shelton is an agronomist with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Speaker To Lab Animals (who writes under the name Tedd Roberts) is an associate professor at an unspecified "major southeastern medical school."
News Item: With kidnappings on the rise, thousands of Mexicans are paying serious money to a Mexican company named Xega to have RFID chips surgically implanted in their bodies. But according to Mark Corner, an RFID researcher and computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, their hope of being tracked and rescued by GPS signals using an implanted RFID chip is "nonsense."