A collaboration between The Netherlands Proteomics Centre, The Netherlands Genomics Initiative and artist Charlotte Jarvis has resulted in Blighted By Kenning, a project that incorporates science, nature, and biblical symbolism:
The project has bio-engineered a bacteria which has the Universal Declaration of Human Rights encoded into its DNA sequence. The DNA has been extracted and apples grown near The Hague, which houses the International Court of Justice, have been ‘contaminated’ with the synthetic DNA. They are currently being sent to genomics laboratories around the world, which have been asked to sequence the declaration and also to eat the fruit.
To achieve this, each unique three-character combination (“codon”) of the fundamental units of DNA: Adenine (A), Thymine (T), Guanine (G) and Cytosine (C), represents each letter of the alphabet. Using bacteria to generate the specific DNA sequence of the Declaration of Human Rights, it was inoculated into apples and allowed to express a novel protein: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights protein, to be exact.
Fruit-based human rights is definitely an innovative exploit - I’d be interested to see what comes next…
(via The Finch & Pea)