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Artist Creates Life-Like 3D Portraits from DNA on Litter

(People's Daily Online)    04:49, February 25, 2016

American artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg reconstructs 3D images of strangers in New York using their DNA from everyday discarded objects such as cigarette butts, old gum and fallen strands of hair, in order to raise people’s awareness of genetic traces left behind.

The artist said she can extract basic hereditary traits, including hair color, eye color, ethnicity, and gender from a single strand of hair.

After analyzing the collected samples and rendered them in a program the artist wrote herself, she would print out the result using a 3D printer. The artist admitted that these renderings bear only a ‘family resemblance’ to their original owners, as it would be extremely hard to exactly replicate someone’s looks, because dominant genes, like brown hair and brown eyes, are believed to hard to be predicted.

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