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March 18, 2014 AT 3:00 pm

Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine (VIDEO)

Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine:

Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.

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