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Artist creates faces from DNA left in public

 

The CNN video: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/tech/2013/09/03/dnt-artist-faces-public-dna.cnn.html?iref=allsearch

The project: http://deweyhagborg.com/strangervisions/

The technical details:http://deweyhagborg.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/technical-details/

 

Cool?

Creepy?

Both?

 

Before running for your Reynolds Wrap, take note that the project was meant to be provocative... ;)

 

She wants her work to raise questions about genetic surveillance and privacy issues.

"If people find it to be a little creepy, that's OK," she said. "It's meant to make you aware of these issues and make you aware that this is possible."

 

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It's mind-boggling to think how fast the technology has progressed since the days of the Human Genome Project, just a few short years ago.

 

To think that the artist "takes the sample to a community biotechnology lab [!!] in Brooklyn called Genspace. There she uses a standard DNA extraction protocol to mine the DNA, purify it and use it in polymerase chain reactions..." makes some pretty fancy science seem so mundane....

 

Yes, there is a "creepy" factor, to be sure.

But it's still pretty "cool", IMHO.

 

 

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