July 12, 2012
Elvis Mice Have Presley's DNA

Way cool. Think of the possibilities.

As a pop comeback, it's certainly among the more unusual. Royal College of Art graduate student Koby Barhad's project All That I Am features genetically-engineered mice with DNA taken from the hair of Elvis Presley. The aim is to explore a range of philosophical and ethical issues.

How about a cat that contains some Marilyn Monroe DNA?

The possibilities are endless. Take a small portion of a departed loved one's DNA and get it put into a new puppy.

I know what you narcissists are thinking: Put your own DNA into pets and plants. Imagine a pet who has your eye color because it contains your genes for eye pigment control.

It seems inevitable that humans will make their pets more intelligent.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 July 12 09:54 PM  Biotech Pet Uplift

Mark Rogers said at July 13, 2012 2:41 AM:

You ain't a nuthin' but a

laaab rat....!

faruq arshad said at July 13, 2012 10:39 AM:

why would it be un-ethical to take the DNA from dead scientists,like newton and einstein and use that dna to solve problems,such as faster than light travel? Thanks.

Anonymous said at July 13, 2012 12:43 PM:

There will come a day when some humans will walk around at nights with glowing yellow eyes of their cats.

bbartlog said at July 14, 2012 6:22 AM:

Making pets more intelligent is dangerous. Or let's say: make sure you have the cute and cuddly temperament down cold before you start boosting the intellect. My pigs are already smarter than they need to be, which is to say smarter than is convenient.

Brett Bellmore said at July 15, 2012 8:58 AM:

I foresee the day when we must submit to our post-murine masters, because we stupidly perfect every human improvement on lab animals before we ever get a chance to benefit from it.

PacRim Jim said at July 15, 2012 11:17 PM:

Once AI closes the heuristic loop and accesses the Internet, humans will be as mice.
Stock up on cheese while you can.

Jesslyn said at July 16, 2012 7:51 AM:

Seems like with technology, everything and anything is possible. Hopefully all inventions are for the better of mankind.

Lummox JR said at July 16, 2012 11:46 AM:

Wow. This is hopefully the dumbest thing I'll hear all month. There's no good science to be gained from this, only cheap publicity.

Karl said at July 16, 2012 12:39 PM:

I got a mouse.
He's all shook up.

PersonFromPorlock said at July 16, 2012 12:53 PM:

I'm waiting for genetic engineers to come up with a halal/kosher pig. Oh, the theology! Ah, the bacon! And a potential market of maybe two billion people is nothing to sneeze at.

Elfish said at July 16, 2012 1:15 PM:

Thank you. Thank you very mouse.

JustWatching said at July 16, 2012 1:44 PM:

Saw the bits of hair used - just clippings, no roots so is unlikely to contain DNA. It's more likely that the transfected DNA is contamination by the artist or the tech. Although in a post-modern piece, this may be a feature not a bug.

West said at July 16, 2012 2:11 PM:

"It seems inevitable that humans will make their pets more intelligent."

Seems it would be a better strategy to start with ourselves.

First rule of training a dog:

Be smarter than the dog.

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