Art and medicine often cross paths in ways that help to educate and inspire…this is not one of those times. A Tokyo based printing company has announced that they’ve developed a printing technique that incorporates the artist’s DNA into the ink. Why you ask? Its better to not question things like this…
Once DNA is extracted from a human (or animal) hair or nail sample provided by the author, it is blended with a special ink and used in the printing process. Ko-sin has already put the technology to use in some self-published autobiographies whose title pages are printed with ink that includes the author’s DNA. Mixing DNA in with the ink does not alter the appearance of the page, the company says.
Ko-sin also claims it is possible to extract genetic information from materials printed using this process. When the company sent a sample page to a DNA laboratory, the lab technicians were able to isolate and extract the DNA from the page.
The patent-pending printing process was invented by Ko-sin’s president, Mr. Yoshida, who drew upon his years of experience researching and developing ink. Ko-sin hopes the process will appeal to autobiographers who want to add value to their work by including their DNA, or to people who wish to insert the DNA of beloved pets into printed materials. The company is now investigating other potential applications.
Want some more weirdness to chew on? How about turning your unborn child’s ultrasound into a psychedelic piece of art to impress and confuse your friends?
Your guests will certainly do a double take when you talk them through this piece of art! Simply send us your foetal baby scan and our team of designers will expertly create a spectacular art piece. Beautiful, original and definitely a family heirloom in the making. Something very different indeed.
Your baby scan canvas will be stretched onto a contemporary, chunky 5cm deep frame. Our canvases are printed in UV resistant ink and varnished for enhanced durability. All canvases are despatched wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap in secure cartons. We recommend your canvas sits flat against the wall, so we advise you to sit the frame directly onto your wall fixing (aka nail!). In other words, your canvas comes ready to hang.
A little tip for our non-medical readers: wait until the third trimester to get these ultrasound pictures converted to art, because a painting of Junior with flippers and a tail don’t make good “family heirlooms.”
Baby Scan Art Canvas…
(hat tip: Coolest Gadgets)