A Literal Tree Of Knowledge, Created By Injecting Apples With Wikipedia DNA

A Literal Tree Of Knowledge, Created By Injecting Apples With Wikipedia DNA
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Bio-artist Joe Davis' new project will take genetic modification to the extreme.

Lara Piras
  • 15 may 2014

Joe Davis is an award-winning researcher, artist and expert in exploring subjects within the fields of molecular biology, space art and sculpture, building his creations using anything from prosthetics to genetic material. Currently, Davis is the artist in residence at George Church’s genetics lab at Harvard Medical School, where he’s embarked on one of his most intriguing works to date. With the “Malus ecclesia” project, Davis proposes to use synthetic biology toinject a “DNA-encoded version of Wikipedia” into an apple in order to create a literal tree of knowledge. Malus, the genus name for all apples, means both “bad, evil” and “apple tree” in Latin, whereas ecclesia translates to “church”— an homage to George Church.

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