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2019

DIY Bacterial Gene Engineering CRISPR Kit, 2015-ongoing

It was designed by Josiah Zayner and manufactured by Open Discovery Institute (The Odin). It is dated 2015-ongoing. Its medium is crispr kit, information graphic.

Gene engineering is the modification of an organism’s characteristics by manipulating its DNA. The DIY CRISPR Kit enables users to conduct up to 5 gene engineering experiments aimed at modifying Escherichia coli DNA using the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which is briefly explained in the graphic to the left. CRISPR-Cas9 enables scientists to alter the DNA of almost any organism with incredible precision, potentially ending disease and hunger. The kit is intended as an educational tool to improve DNA literacy, expanding the number of people equipped to conduct personalized experiments. While the therapeutic results of CRISPR-Cas9 are promising, the possibilities for unintended consequences are vast.

It is credited Courtesy of The Odin.

  • Tree of 40 Fruit, 2008-ongoing
  • bare root tree, rendering, drawing, tree of 40 fruit.
  • Courtesy of Sam Van Aken and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
  • NATURE.052
  • BioMess, 2019
  • specimins, hybridoma cells, display cases.
  • Courtesy of The Tissue Culture and Art Project.
  • NATURE.051

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