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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A truly original artwork - your genome

Can't find that perfect piece to tie your living room together?

How about your DNA?

A company called DNA 11 offers you the opportunity to turn your genes into works of art. They're actually quite attractive, too. Kind of modern-styling with a nerd edge:





Of course, it'll cost you at least $169 a piece, but hey - that's the price of a quality artwork! I guarantee you when I stop being a broke scientist*, I'm going to get me one of these for my house that I'll be able to afford*. They're just too cool


*wishful thinking, I know
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9 comments:

RecycleBill said...

What are they made from? I'm curious to know if they've included any recycled materials, veggie inks, biodegradabled plastics or other green features.

James Hale said...

Hmm, Why not do it yourself? Extracting DNA is easy enough and you could just get the oligos from any manufacturer as the primer sequences are freely avaliable. You'd also have the satisfaction of doing it yourself for alot cheaper.

Christie Lynn said...

Bill: Here's what I could find out on their website. "Each piece is a Giclee fine art piece, printed on high-quality, acid-free, polyester-cotton canvas, using pigmented inks designed to resist fading. Each piece is also sealed with a non-yellowing protective varnish to further prolong the print life."

It doesn't sound green, per se, but I don't know much about art materials and their environmental impacts...

James: That's a good idea... If you can take a digital image of anything you can make it into a canvas print through some online places. But won't it cost a lot to get together all the materials, assuming, even, you have a lab to run it all? Unless you work in a lab where you can already do this. Then it's free... ;)

Bargain Central said...

LOL.....that is too funny. It is neat and would be quite the conversation piece.

Alioth said...

But won't it cost a lot to get together all the materials, assuming, even, you have a lab to run it all?

Not necessarily. DIY Bio is making amazing progress. See the DIYBio Google Group for discussion of $25 thermal cyclers, gel boxes made of Legos, and so on.

...I confess I know nothing about the costs of making a really nice print of an image, but I'd bet that cheap DIY techniques exist for this as well.

James Hale said...
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James Hale said...

Yeah is suppose, but most labs have the bits needed. As long as you have a PCR machine, UV lamp, camera and AGE gel running equipment. the primers are so cheap i'm sure you could sneak it onto an order form somewhere. Although, I've heard its not good lab practice to extract your own DNA. Saying that, i also know people that have pictures of their chromosomes from doing chromosome splat assays, they're pretty cool and that's certainly something you could do very easily with a few chemicals knocking about a well stocked lab.

zayzayem said...

Oh Noes!!!

Another idea from my top secret ideas folder stolen.

And they always do it better...

*sulks*

Canvas Print said...

i love the art in your bedroom perfect for couples.