by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted May 1, 2007 in DNA Fun

dna art

Richard Hart (one of my favorite reporters) of KGO-TV in the San Francisco Bay Area had a segment on DNA art yesterday. Pieces mentioned:

You can watch the video here: DNA As Art Is A Growing Trend.

Ella and Jason Wong, [DNA 11] art collectors:

We wanted to, you know, make sure we got this for our children, so we can see which DNA strands copied over. And we want to see personality-wise, did it copy over, too?

Cute, but no cigar. The level of resolution in the DNA 11 prints is nowhere good enough to be able to conclude anything meaningful. Get a piece of DNA art because it’s fun, not because you think it means anything beyond the fact that yes, we all have DNA.

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Comment by Rick

I’ve made reference to the quilts recently at my blog and some time back I also addressed the DNA art ;)

Some people just put their creativity to work and sometimes beautiful pieces of art come about. I love the DNA prints.

Great find!

Comment by Terry Lovelocke Subscribed to comments via email

These pictures are from a company called DNA ART. They have offices in Holland and the UK.

See http://www.dna-artuk.com and also http://www.dna-art.nl

Without getting too techincal their pictures display 12 lanes of DNA bands and the company you mention in Canada only show 10 lanes.

I bought one for me and my girlfriend last month in London.

They’re both cool looking anyway.



Comment by Hsien

Thanks for letting us know, Terry! I sure wouldn’t mind having one hanging in my house. :)

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Comment by Joe D

Unfortunately I can’t find a link, but the Scottish Crop Research Institute have been producing comparative genomics diagrams consisting of a circle divided into a series of rings, with each ring showing a plant pathogen genome with homologous genes aligned. They managed to get a grant to market them as art!

Comment by Grace

Hsien, so funny! I saw this weeks ago in our local paper… here’s the link for more DNA art –

:-) Kathleen Barnes has a DNA lamp.


Rick: I love the DNA prints too! I included them in my list of gifts for the DNA enthusiast.

Joe D: I think it might be the GenomeDiagram software! Good idea for a post. Thanks for letting me know. Will give you the hat tip. :)

Grace: Very nice! Fortunately, I haven’t succumbed to DNA kitsch yet. ;)

Comment by Robert

I had my unique dna painted by a New York artist, I love it. I looked at dna 11 buy they are prints and I wanted a real piece of art.
It’s worth checking out


Comment by Hsien

Thanks, Robert. Looks like I need to make a new list of DNA art.

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Comment by Mary Emma Allen

Fascinating, Hsien. Thanks for sharing…especially the quilts, since I’m a quiltmaker and quilt blogger.


Mary Emma: You forgot to tell everyone your quilting blog is at http://www.quiltingandpatchwork.com/ !


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Comment by Greg Subscribed to comments via email

The uniqueness of the fingerprint depends more on the region of the DNA that is targeted than the number of lanes. DNAlux proposes 6 lanes, but I think that if you ask they can do more for bespoke artworks (www.dnalux.com).


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