Molecular art is the process of using molecular tools and merging them with an artistic technique to create images showcasing the beauty of what builds every living organism on the planet, DNA. These DNA images highlight the interconnectedness of all biological creatures, everything from humans to plants, animals, and even single-celled organisms such as yeast. This art is inspired by the beauty of genetic biodiversity and the desire to showcase this unique view of organisms as a tool for teaching and inspiring conservation.
The DNA portraits are made in a scientific laboratory using a sample of a biological organism, such as brewer’s yeast or plant tissue. The DNA is extracted from the sample, amplified using PCR and then run on an agarose gel and a high resolution picture is captured. The photos then go to post-production for color and stylistic manipulation creating the images you see.
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