Does science scare anyone else? Cause it terrifies the crap out of me!
Okay, that's not really fair. Most of the time I love science. Modern medicine? Awesome! Computer technology and the internet? Wonderful! And whatever mad scientist locked in a lab somewhere came up with the spray I use on the mold growing on my laundry ceiling, well I'm forever in your debt good sir! Spray it on and three minutes later it's disappeared? No scrubbing?
Oh the wonders of modern technology!
But DNA is kind of creeping me out right now. All that information about us, and we leave it wherever we go, spreading it around town like some freaky type biological confetti. Hair, skin cells, saliva, we're DNA shedding machines.
And then artists like this woman [link] just have to go and make it that much creepier by collecting our DNA from places like trains and buses, and then recreating our faces.
For those who are link-clicktually challenged, the article is about an artist who collects DNA samples she find in public places, from hair or cigarette buts or whatever she can get her hands on, and uses that DNA to work out an approximation of what the person may or may not look like.
I'm not sure how comfortable I am with this. Just because I left my DNA behind, does that give someone else the right to use it like that? Do I even have any rights over my abandoned DNA? And what will happen when they improve cloning technology? Will I have to be careful of every stray strand of hair, every skin cell, incase someone grabs it up and uses it to produce a mini-me?
I'm assuming it would be a mini-me, I pretty much learned all I know about cloning from Austin Powers movies.
To be fair, she doesn't claim to be exactly recreating a person. She just takes genetic markers, ancestral information, and anything else the DNA tells her and creates a face that COULD be that person. Also, because she can't tell how old the person is who left the DNA, she ages them all at around thirty years old. So it's not really likely she has a cast of your face in her gallery.
Possible, but not likely.