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Gabe Barcia-Colombo:
My DNA vending machine

TED Fellows Retreat 2013 · 4:56 · Filmed Aug 2013
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Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine
4:56 · Filmed August 2013 at TED Fellows Retreat 2013 · Subtitles available in 27 languages

Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.

Video sculptor
Gabe Barcia-Colombo creates madcap art inspired both by Renaissance era curiosity cabinets and the modern-day digital chronicling of everyday life. Think: miniature people projected in objects and a DNA Vending Machine. Full bio
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