The biotecnology becomes art

So they made it: Scientists J. Craig Venter Institute have produced an exquisitely artificial life form. Now you squeeze your brains to find some valuable practical application: to produce biofuels and vaccines, perhaps even extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or (even!) Eat oil lost at sea (application, see a bit ‘, would return its useful now). But the history of human culture offers a lesson: technology, any technology, sooner or later becomes a dominion of artistic production. And biotechnology is no exception.
Brazilian Eduardo Kac describes itself as “transgenic artist. He messed with the genes of the species and its works are living creatures. E ‘became famous for creating the glowing bunny. To stay under the micro-organisms, among his works include “Genesis”, which he “explores the intricate relationship between biology, belief systems, information technology, dialogical interaction, ethics and the Internet” .
In essence, Kac has chosen a phrase from the Old Testament: “(… fill the earth) and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth “(Genesis 1, 28). Then he took it in word. First I translated the English version of Morse code and Morse code has rewritten the four bases of DNA. So he broke it produced a gene artificially stuck with a species of bacteria, previously modified to become fluorescent blue or yellow under ultraviolet light if and only if you have the new gene “biblical”. Then began an exchange of genetic material in the colony of bacteria, with the new gene transfer between one organism to another. Not only bacteria were changing and the gene with them. The public could do with ultraviolet lighting the colony, but also to observe the situation to influence random mutations. Eventually it was taken and DNA was found in the phrase synthetic gene was changed a few letters were changed, others had disappeared, and others had appeared. The old and new words were engraved on two plates and displayed next to the colony of bacteria.
Spiegone artist: “It ‘a symbolic gesture: it means that we accept the meaning in the form in which it inherit, and that new meanings emerge when we try to change the shape.” It is no use, but it sounds damn good. Moreover, culture is also this: a continuous contamination between science and art. We’ll see what pops out of the artificial cell by Craig Venter.

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