Artist Creates Portraits From People's DNA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reveals

Published: May 31, 2013

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A couple weeks ago, NPR reporter Acacia Squires found a story that really conveyed the brave new world that we are entering as the cost of DNA analysis rapidly drops. Heather Dewey-Hagbord, a doctoral student in information art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., was collecting stray hair and cigarette butts that people left behind and extracting DNA from them. Then she was creating portraits of the people who had left their genetic information behind.

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