Startup helps people turn their genetic information into a beautiful art piece.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Fast Company