The Material World


Quentin Cooper

Thursday 31 March 2005

Genetic Art

Some artists are laying down their paintbrushes and using real genetic material to produce their artworks.

A controversial new genre called Transgenic Art uses gene technology to produce new forms of living creatures - such as Alba, the glow-in-the-dark rabbit.

Are these artworks raising scientific awareness? Or should genetics be the sole property of science?

Quentin Cooper talks to Professor Martin Kemp, art historian from Oxford University and Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programming at the Wellcome Trust.

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