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Posters Created From DNA Offer Novel Approach To Home Decor

Posters Created From DNA Offer Novel Approach To Home Decor
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Startup helps people turn their genetic information into a beautiful art piece.

Lin Qiu
  • 17 march 2014

Indulging in some vanity now and then is perfectly OK, and what better way to show some self-appreciation than hanging up a work of art made from your very own DNA in the living room? With the promise “We make unique,
gallery-quality art from your DNA,”
New York City-based company Genetic Ink will soon be offering this sequencing service so you can make yourself the topic of conversation at the next house party.

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After signing up for the service, Genetic Ink sends you a DNA collection kit, which you use to take a swab inside your cheek and mail back to them. Their FDA-approved, privacy-secured laboratory will then sequence your DNA and turn it into an art on canvas based on a piece called ‘Spark’ by Swiss-Canadian designer Mathieu Daudelin.

According to Alex Pyatetsky, Senior Advisor at Genetic Ink:

Your DNA is quite literally your personal identity. Part of what we want to do with Genetic Ink is say, we can express your DNA in a way that really expresses you, and it can be beautiful.

You can choose from 17 color schemes and 4 different sizes. Prices start at $200 for a 12-by-16 inch canvas and end at $700 for a 3-by-4 foot.

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It’s important to note that Genetic Ink’s service is more for aesthetic purposes than scientific (so you don’t have to worry about your privacy). Pysatetsky adds:

It’s not a matter of displaying an expansive readout of your health information on the wall for anyone to read…You can’t take it and recreate someone’s entire genome.

 

If you’re itching for a DNA portrait, you can sign up on the Genetic Ink website to receive pre-launch updates.

Genetic Ink

Source: Fast Company

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