#94 Legend of Sumeria: A Genetics Graphic Novel

11.16.2018 - By DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast

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Dr. Biju Parekkadan is a Co-Creator and Scientific Director of the hard science graphic novel, Legend of Sumeria. He is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering with a research lab that specializes in cell and genetic engineering. His discoveries have been published in prestigious journals with patented inventions that have led to the foundation of several companies. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. In 2012, he was recognized by President Obama with an Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed upon young researchers in the country. Dr. Parekkadan’s daily work in biotechnology research and education provides a unique perspective in the creation of the viable science behind Legend of Sumeria.

This Episode We Discuss:
The Premise of Legend of Sumeria
Inspiration to Start the Graphic Novel
Autoimmunity on the Molecular/Genetic Level
Conveying Scientific Concepts
The Current and Future Science Behind Legend of Sumeria
Genetic Privacy
Future of Gene Therapy
Bioethical Issues Raised in Legend of Sumeria
Team Behind the Graphic Novel

Be sure to check out the graphic novel on their stunning website. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on their Instagram by commenting on the latest picture what you found interesting on this episode. The first five to follow and comment will win a complementary copy of Legend of Sumeria!

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