RFID for in vitro eggs, sperm and embryos

Never thought barcodes would get into this arena. Apparently a UK couple finally conceived a child by in vitro fertilization (IVF)–but the child turned out to be of mixed race while they were both Caucasian.

Employees at IVF clinics are just as likely as any worker to make a mistake–except the consequences of mixing genetic material can be much weightier. The solution may be to apply electronic tags, a la RFID, that set off an alarm if the wrong eggs and sperm are brought too close together.

Now all they have to worry about is whether the low-frequency waves might hurt the eggs or sperm–and/or whether the electronic alarm that’s loud enough to alert a possibly sleepy employee might cause undue harm to the genetic material–or just plain scare the bejeepers out of the embryos.

While you’re at it, check out some other uses for RFID on a blog published by Cleveland-area business executive Anita Campbell.

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