Arts PhD Heather Dewey-Hagborg Featured on CNN

Arts PhD Heather Dewey-Hagborg Featured on CNN

Date posted: 2013-05-28 11:48:17

RPI Arts PhD Heather Dewey-Hagborg appeared on CNN Sunday Morning May 19 to discuss how she creates 3D portraits of people using DNA found in hair, gum and discarded trash.

"The place where this technology is at right now is essentially like a family resemblance ... it's not an exact likeness," Dewey-Hagborg tells CNN.  "A lot of this information draws on what are called genome-wide association studies, which are just ways of looking at lots and lots of DNA, lots of different peoples' DNA, looking at the traits that they have and then creating correlations between them."  

Dewey-Hagborg reveals that the lab process involved in creating each DNA-based portrait takes about two weeks, and the ab work plus 3D printing totals approximately $1000, not including her labor.

See the interview here

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