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Ear Grown From Van Gogh DNA On Display 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the great-things-are-not-done-by-impulse-but-by-a-series-of-small-things-printed-together dept.
First time accepted submitter afeeney (719690) writes 'The Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, is displaying an ear grown from DNA contributed by a relative of artist Vincent Van Gogh. The Center said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo. Using a 3D-printer, the cells were shaped to resemble the ear that Vincent van Gogh is said to have cut off during a psychotic episode in 1888. “I use science basically like a type of brush, like Vincent used paint,” Strebe told The Associated Press. Historians argue about whether Van Gogh cut off his own ear and if so, why, but it remains one of the most famous acts of self-mutilation in the Western world.'
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Ear Grown From Van Gogh DNA On Display

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.

  • Hey bro, I hear you like art!
  • "Since I'm alive again, where's my damned royalty check!"

  • Psssh (Score:4, Funny)

    by Radish03 (248960) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:02PM (#47169331)

    Not even grown on a mouse's back? Come on!

  • by viperidaenz (2515578) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:11PM (#47169365)

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/in... [wolframalpha.com]
    Only 1/64th blood relation.

  • by mbstone (457308) on Wednesday June 04, 2014 @11:16PM (#47169377)

    Stir in a little melatonin and give the ear to Evander Holyfield.

  • Anyone else think the art piece itself looks like the contents of one of the Akira sample canisters? Maybe she can make some more of them...just in time for the things to be buried in a secret military installation beneath the construction site for the 2020 Olympics venue. :P

  • This is the only thing he DIDN'T want to last longer than him. Don't be cruel.
  • So the ear owns all of his collective works?
  • So as a follow-up to this success, what other missing body parts will they be growing? Jerry Garcia's middle finger? Heather Mills' leg? Rick Allen's left arm? George W Bush's brain?
  • by Threni (635302)

    Wouldn't it be easier to just take a photo of the relative's ear?

  • “...like Vincent used paint.” — Vincent Van Gogh didn't use paint like a brush. he had actual brushes for that.
  • Interesting news - can't wait for another organs made of DNA of famous people...
  • Friends, Romans, countrymen . . .
  • As the man actually said, "When ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." This would be such a case.
  • Growing a blob of building material then using a 3D printer to make a shape out of it does not count as 'growing an ear' to me.

  • If they are lucky. We need to get over the myth of the "blood relative."

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