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03.24.14 Andy Cush

In the above video interview from Dezeen, self-described designer/artist/architect Daan Roosegaarde describes his latest endeavor: replacing streetlights with genetically engineered glowing trees. A small early prototype was created by merging the DNA of bioluminescent underwater bacteria with that of a houseplant. “When you have a jellyfish, deep, deep underwater, it creates its own light,” he says. “Its does not […]

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12.11.13 Andy Cush

These sneakers are made out of living cells. Designed by Shamees Aden, the prototypes, dubbed “Protocells,” are designed to repair themselves: if you scuff your shoes after a run, just dump them in a container of “protocell liquid,” and the cells will heal. Aden says they could be a reality by 2050. They’d also respond […]

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11.20.13 Andy Cush

Dezeen, my favorite site for the weird and wonderful world of synthetic biology, today points us to human cheese. That is, cheese made with bacteria culled from real people’s bodies. Not just any bodies, either: there’s fromage derived from Olaf Eliasson‘s tears, Hans-Ulrich Obrist‘s nose, and Michael Pollan’s bellybutton. The human cheeses were made by Christina […]

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