Seattle—Advances in science inevitably prompt exultation over projected benefits to society along with angst over potential dangers of "tampering with nature." Recent success in sequencing the human genome and mapping thousands of genes is no exception. Artists have joined this debate, adopting laboratory tools, techniques, and biological materials to probe implications of genomic research for everyday life.
A new traveling exhibition, Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics, features more than 50 works by 26 artists that examine genetic engineering, ownership of genetic information and cell lines, cloning, bioethics, and related topics.
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