Home Decor: Regal painted portraits of people? So 19th century. If you want the portrait of the 21st century, then it's one made of your actual DNA. Right now, I'm staring at a 5-foot long DNA portrait of my hair strands in a stunning cobalt blue, created by the science team over at My Gene Image, a company that turns DNA strands into wow-worthy artworks.
The process was simple, to my delight. A few clicks on the website to select color and dimensions, a swab of my cheek on a little gray stick returned by mail, and I was soon presented with my one-of-kind, sophisticated piece, a canvas of the letters A, G, C, and T on a Matrix-like design. (For those of you who need a brief refresher-My Gene Image explains: "DNA can be thought of as the building blocks of life. It is made of sugars and phosphate. On each sugar, there is one of four bases attached: A, G, C, or T.")
So now I have a little piece of me, literally, hanging in my living room. It's a superb conversation starter. Overheard at my last dinner party:
"Oh, what's that?" questioned a guest.
Friend of mine, "Oh, that's just a portrait of Katherine."