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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-07-01 05:56
Subject: [cancer|art] Gene sequence scarf
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Astrid Bear has been very kindly been working on a fascinating art project. She has taken part of the base pair sequence of my Chromosome 18, the one most likely implicated in my colon cancer, and translated it into a weaving pattern.

This past weekend at the Locus Awards, Astrid showed me her first sample swatch.

Test swatch for scarf knitted by Astrid Bear

That's me there, encoded in the yarn. A tiny little fraction, about 18/6,000,000,000 of my genetic code. A celebration of my life and a poke in the eye of my cancer via the medium of fabric art.

I want to thank Astrid for both her generosity and her creativity. There will be more on this.

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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User: goulo
Date: 2013-07-01 13:03 (UTC)
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It's a cool idea and looks good. I look forward to more news on this project!
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User: madrobins
Date: 2013-07-01 13:24 (UTC)
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Wow. That's an impressive project. How odd (and how like you) that your cancer becomes a muse of sorts for others...)
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asakiyume: feathers on the line
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-07-01 15:41 (UTC)
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I was just remarking the other day that I could see in the future wearing patterns based on one's own DNA--and here the future is! So cool. What a great gift!

Turning DNA into fabric reminds me of protein music. Imagine if Mary Ann Clark gave you the musical score of some portion of your genetic code! (Here is Calmodulin, which was playing in the background of the Pulse of the Planet link.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-07-01 21:21 (UTC)
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