Our DNA can unlock so many secrets and now it’s getting ready to take on the enemy! Scientists at the Harvard WYSS Institute have constructed packages of DNA dubbed “DNA origami” that might one day be used to create nanorobots capable of finding and destroying cancer cells in the human body. Via Mashable:
The nanorobots mimic a cell’s receptor system in order to communicate with cells. The cells can carry materials to cancer cells, and when the nanorobot detects the cells it’s hunting for, it will spring into action.
Once the bots were designed, the research team built the tiny barrel-shaped nanobots that measure about 35 nanometers in diameter. Each nanobot can hold molecules that are meant to be delivered to cells.
The system has yet to be tested in living organisms, but the researchers are considering testing the nanorobots in mice.
This potential DNA Origami Army could change the face of cancer treatment. Congratulations to researchers Shawn M. Douglas, Ido Bachelet, George M. Church, who are all affiliated with the WYSS Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
Apartment Therapy’s technology-focused sub-brand Unplggd has a great review of the DNA Ancestry Portrait on their blog today.
Blogger Joelle Alcaidinho, whose family didn’t have great ancestry records, found out a lot about her maternal lineage through DNA 11’s DNA Ancestry Portrait, and has a pretty cool piece of art to show off in the process.
QR Tag & DNA: DNA 11 Ancestry Portraits via Apartment Therapy – Unplggd
If you are looking for a piece of art that is unique and a bit geeky, the Ancestry Portrait is just the thing.
The DNA Ancestry Portrait received a Strong Recommend rating in the review which continues the momentum that this ground-breaking product is having on the overlapping worlds of art, design, science and technology.
DNA as art via Veronica Belmont.
All very cool, and which brings me to the photo you see at the top of this post. DNA 11 is a company that makes art based on your own personal DNA. They offered to let me try their service, using my data from 23andMe (though they will send you a kit of their own if you haven’t done one already) to create a QR code portrait containing my ancestry info (maternal line only in this case) called an Ancestry Portrait. This is what you see when you read the QR.
Veronica provided us with ancestry data she had received from genetics testing company 23andMe and we turned it into a one-of-a-kind DNA Ancestry Portrait.
Now simply by scanning her portrait with the DNA Art Scanner, Veronica, or any interested visitors to her home, can find out more about her maternal lineage.
DNA 11 can take ancestry data from any genetics testing company including 23andMe, Navigenics, Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA, deCODEme or National Geographic: The Genographic Project to create a DNA Ancestry Portrait. You even save $150 by supplying your own data.
Thanks to Veronica for her awesome review.
Since we’re all addicted to our iPhones here at DNA 11 anyway, we figured we might as well make good use of our time staring at those little screens.
That’s why we’ve just launched our brand new DNA Art Scanner in Apple’s App Store.
The DNA Art Scanner is a custom QR code scanner that provides customers with the ability to unlock the secrets of their DNA Ancestry Portrait by directing them to their personal ancestry web page to learn more about their maternal lineage.
The DNA Art Scanner was developed by our good friends at Select Start Studios. To download the app in Apple’s App Store visit this link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/dna-11-dna-art-scanner/id408261140
In the coming months we’ll be adding new features to the DNA Art Scanner as we continuing to innovate in the field of DNA art.
For a review of how the app works in conjunction with the DNA Ancestry Portraits check out this video.
The secret is finally revealed!
DNA 11 has unveiled its first new product in two years — the DNA Ancestry Portrait.
Today at the WIRED Store in Manhattan, DNA 11 will be premiering this unique new form of art from life by unveiling the portrait of world-renowned designer and futurist, Karim Rashid, whom TIME Magazine declared the “Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas”. His DNA Ancestry Portrait is featured in the photo to the left.
DNA Ancestry Portraits combine the science of genealogy and the technology of the mobile and social web to create a new form of augmented art.
The DNA Ancestry Portrait encodes a person’s DNA into a 2D barcode that when scanned with a smartphone unlocks the person’s lineage and leads them to a web page where their maternal ancestry, dating back thousands of years to the original homo sapiens in Africa, is unveiled.
The basis of the art piece is a DNA test that determines your maternal mtDNA haplogroup which is essentially your ancestral origins dating back
thousands of years. That data is then plugged into a formula that generates a QR Code that you see in the artwork. When scanned by a smartphone or cameraphone, your DNA Ancestry Portrait will bring you to your personalized ancestry page.
Your DNA Ancestry web page contains a personalized description of your mtDNA haplogroup and its origins, an ancestry map and a thumbnail of
your DNA Ancestry Portrait. You can choose to keep this page private or share it with friends through Facebook and Twitter.