A Canadian company called DNA 11 is now producing digitally enhanced DNA portraits in a range of colors from customers saliva samples.
DNA 11 co-founder Adrian Salamunovic explains after sending in your saliva, your DNA fingerprint is photographed with a special lab camera to make a piece of art using a portion of your DNA sequence.
He says people often ask if they can surprise someone with a portrait by secretly collecting their saliva, but he doesnt encourage it.
Thats because you need to move a cotton swab around someones mouth for about 30 seconds to get the goods. He adds, We havent had one person successfully do it yet.
In addition to people pieces, Salamunovic says theyve created DNA portraits from fruit, dogs and even ferrets.
Asked if Paris Hiltons ferret has a portrait, Salamunovic admits, We dont know! It was done through a guy in New York.
(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
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