Day 103: The DNA vending machine! Coming to a future near you!

Imagine a DNA vending machine where you the lucky consumer, can purchase a collectable DNA sample.  Each sample comes packaged with a collectable limited edition portrait of the human specimen.  Sounds like stuff of futurist sci-fi movies right? Not for artist Gabe Barcia-Colombo who gave a Ted talk showcasing his art installation the DNA vending machine. The DNA vending MachineWhat leads an artist to create a DNA Vending machine? For Gabe it was his fascination by the discovery of a community biolab in New York called Genspace. Genspace was a place open to the public were classes were held on topics such as extracting strawberry DNA.  Gabe took this class and found the beauty in strawberry DNA. This led him down the path of extracting human DNA. He was hooked to the point were he would hold DNA extracting parties amongst his friends on Friday nights.  Gabe would ultimately create an art installation called the DNA vending … [Read more...]