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DNA-Erasing Devices

Heather Dewey-Hagborg Finds a Way to Delete the Presence of a Person

— May 6, 2014 — Tech
Heather Dewey-Hagborg runs her own company titled Biogenfutures, which focuses on the possibilities of DNA, and how people can glean information from such a small substance. Last year the artist conducted a test where she collected DNA samples from a variety of unknown sources, then constructed portraits of these people which were incredibly accurate.

With her new project, Heather Dewey-Hagborg decided to reverse this process, creating a product that actually erases the presence of DNA. Two sprays are used, 'Erase' and 'Replace,' which actually swipes away the trace of a person being in a particular spot. While this may help some people feel their privacy is protected, the possibility of criminals using the substance for covering up questionable activity is also a risk involved in the making of the product.

Photo Credits: designboom, deweyhagborg
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