Recorded: 08 May 2008
So, genetically modified foods is a big field and it has an ugly sound to it, so we have to figure out how to come up with a new name probably, but we have to educate the public. There’s nothing wrong with your rice having Vitamin A in it or something that it didn’t normally have, but it’s better for you. And similar things like using, this is kind of old, but you can put antigens in foods that you eat as a vaccine. You can make third, third world products where all the people have to do is eat something, potatoes or whatever, to be vaccinated against whatever disease you’re trying to protect against. So I mean, I think that those are the three top things for me – is synthetic biology and genetically modified agricultural products and the Human Genome Project for medicine and personal genomics.
Jim Hudson scientist and businessmen who founded Research Genetics in 1987, the company that made synthetic DNA. He received a dual major in chemistry and physics from the University of Alabama and studied molecular biology. His company was very successful and dominated the market for synthetically made DNA in USA. That allowed Research Genetics to play a main role in the Human Genome Project. Company was sold in 2000 to Invitrogen.
Jim Hudson is co-founder of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Together with his wife he formed a biodefense company, Concero Scientific.
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