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DNA Vending Machine

Artist raises awareness of our increasing access to biotechnology

Mar 13, 2014 | By Staff Writer

American artist Gabe Barcia-Colombo raises awareness on the issues surrounding biotechnology in a recent art installation. The installation, titled the DNA Vending Machine, dispenses packaged DNA to its viewer. The DNA samples in the vending machine are a collection of Barcia-Colombo’s friends’ DNA which he extracted for this project. Various specimens of their DNA are sealed in mini bottles and are packaged with a collectible photo of the donor and a unique link to a custom extraction video. Barcia-Colombo presents the ethical issues over the ownership of one’s own DNA, individuality and society’s loss of privacy. If accessing a vial of DNA was as simple as slotting in coins to dispense it from a vending machine, imagine how easy it is for people to abuse such privileges.


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Dna Vending Machine




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