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Art

A portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-HagborgA portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Posted By Helen Walters

The video “DNA Portrait,” above, is a lovely short documentary shot by TED’s own Kari Mulholland. It features the work of the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who spent time collecting hairs shed in public spaces… and then sequencing the DNA therein to print 3D sculptures of what those hairs’ owners might look like. Whoa. The film […]

Science

Video: Fly to Alaska to “barcode” plants with Ellen JorgensenVideo: Fly to Alaska to “barcode” plants with Ellen Jorgensen

Posted By Tedstaff

What is DNA barcoding, you ask? It’s a precise way of identifying plant species using their DNA (as opposed to external characteristics that might vary from plant to plant). In this video, Ellen Jorgensen — who gave today’s TED Talk “Biohacking, you can do it too”  – heads to a remote region of Alaska to collect […]