of my favorite links on the topic of genetic arts:
I like this genetics game better than the genochoice site. Here
you "design a child" and I played with the option "roll
the genetic dice". So after entering my characteristics and
family history and those of a guy (I didn't make him perfect), here
are the results. They asked me again if I wanted to change my mind
and engineer the child. I would never want to make a designer child.
Considering my chance for a genetic "disease", my parents
might not have had me. (Watch the "Coda" on Deleted Scenes
of the GATTACA DVD.) However my boy/girl was "lucky" and
didn't get many of the diseases.
EYE COLOR: Brown
STATURE:5'4'' to 5' 8''
ADDICTIVE SUSCEPTIBILITIES: sibling
Note that this was a quick sample and I plan to expand on this concept
for my genetic art project synthesis.
Yet to decide whether I would like to a do a project about my "designed
child", I found this site about genetic engineering in general
when I searched for designer baby articles. There are many links
to articles and websites here. However this site is on the opposing
slant of the issue.
This critique introduces a serious and scary future world of techno-eugenics.
Instead of a GATTACA-like selection of an embryo from two parents,
the suggestion arises of actually inserting genetic traits into
an embryo. For instance, a child could have red hair from a family
of all brown haired (dominant-gened) people. So basically human
genes would be manufactured on an assembly line.
Being an introduction to eugenics, this site was useful in finding
other links about the gene manipulation debate. The part about Catholics
was interesting because even though I am Catholic, I don't believe
in their (or the scientific proponents') extreme.
A history of trait discovery and genetic counseling, not as a directive
science like eugenics which tries to engineer the most "well
born" children. Genetic testing is also of interest to me.
What intrigues me is when it can be done in life, for which diseases,
and potential effects (denial of insurance, finding out "new"
family history, seeing probability of disease in a future child,
Make your own genetic art. A set of 16 blue fractals in a four-by-four
grid is given to start. I could pick any shape and fine tune the
stability and mutation from 0 to 100% and end up with a whole new
set of shapes. The original shape stays the same so it is interesting
to watch the other patterns "evolve" without worrying
about the intricate details.
A three-dimensional picture representing the new field of nanobiotechnology.
The artist says the blue and white on the bottom is supposed to
be a branching fungus. I think this piece is showing the methods
of math (on the cube), molecules in different forms, and a real
organism against a surreal landscape. The simplicity and the wide
range of colors attracted me to the art.