Designing Life: Art Meets Synthetic Biology

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"Brain," from <em>Communicating Through Human Energy & Fluorescent Bacteria</em>, 2015. Paint and GFP-modified bacteria on polysterene with UV backlight
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From "Semi-Living Dolls" to glowing florescent illustrations, artists are using the tools of synthetic biology to grow their own materials and create works of art that are, essentially, alive. It’s one thing to wag our fingers at big scientific institutions for "playing God," but isn't it uncool to tell artists they shouldn't do something, even if it creeps us out?

Special thanks this week to Lindsay Patterson.