Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s chosen medium is thrown-away traces of human DNA. The artist collects chewing gum, cigarette butts and pubic hair – yes you read that correctly – around New York and New Jersey, takes them back to her studio for genome sequencing, and from the resulting genetic information builds pictures of the person who dropped or, ahem, lost them.
The results can be startling, as Dr Howard Jacob, head of genomic research at...
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