|There's money in molecular biology?
||[Sep. 1st, 2005|01:06 pm]
Are you a molecular biologist considering a career switch to a more highly paid job, such as a gas fitter? Perhaps you should consider becoming a tortured artist instead. |
The company DNA 11 "creates unique DNA portraits through an extraordinary combination of science and art." Yours to hang on the wall, starting from the bargain price of just $390.
So how do they create such an artistic masterpiece?
'The process begins with the DNA being collected using a patented, non-invasive technique: depositing your saliva into a tube.'
'[...] DNA is extracted to create a unique genetic fingerprint, using a technique that takes advantage of the variation that occurs among the DNA sequence of every individual.
'The end result is a group of different sized pieces of DNA (unique per individual), which we "run" on a gel, such that each strand of different sized DNA is separate...'
'TheDNA is then stained with a fluorescent dye and illuminated by UV light, which then glows, giving off a fluorescent signal.'
Er...so that's doing a digest, running a gel and photographing it.
So we thought, how about setting up our own art collective? We did some market research - we asked a few million E. coli that were lying around and they were interested in buying it. They were less keen when they found out how we were planning to obtain their DNA, but sacrifices have to be made in the name of art and the lucky few remaining E. coli now have a
gel photo exclusive piece of art to look at.
We thought about expanding our work to include multicellular organisms - they tend to have more money and we have to buy our vodka somehow. The problem is that DNA 11 have patented spitting in a tube, so we need some other source of DNA.* Ahem.
Meanwhile, we've got some spare E. coli art and are running low on vodka. So if anyone's interested...
*Don't worry, there's always Bad Science for a better quality of sperm jokes.