Our Lab Process
DNA Art is a form of custom artwork on canvas created from one's unique DNA profile. DNA Art Gallery LLC creates DNA Portraits from your DNA sample obtained by swabbing the inside of your cheek. We also offer DNA Portraits for your pets (dogs, cats, and horses) for those wanting to see a portrait of their furry companions (hair extraction technique available for our pet portraits).
This begins by isolating the DNA from the buccal swab. We then add primers and restriction enzymes to the DNA solution using a modified version of the amplified restriction fragment polymorphism (AFLP) technique, in which we currently hold a pending patent. This step is basically using molecular “scissors” to cleave the DNA at precise locations. Since we are looking at a small amount of DNA at this point, we need to augment sample size using a technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR. In short, this technique uses thermal cycling to amplify the DNA sample by taking it through a series of denaturation, annealing, and elongation steps. Now we have generated thousands of copies of particular DNA sequences, we are ready for separation of the DNA using gel electrophoresis. During this step, we place the DNA samples in a porous, sponge-like matrix, and run an electric current to separate the different sized fragments. The larger, bulkier fragments move through the matrix slower than the smaller DNA fragments. We now have separated the DNA samples by size, creating an illustration of one’s DNA Fingerprint.
When we create your DNA Portrait, you get a portrait of the genes associated with your love, success, happiness, creativity, intelligence, faithfulness, and self-control. This is what makes us truly unique. We have developed primers to include in the DNA extraction solution that target these genes. We want more than just a DNA profile in your portrait; we want a portrait of the genes that make you truly unique.
Below is an illustration of the specific genes we target in your DNA Portrait and supporting documentation and research articles on how these genes are links to specific traits.
DNA Art Created with Targeted Genes for Behavioral Characteristics
IQ - NPTN Gene
Encodes for neuroplastin protein, which is believed to be involved in cell-cell interactions or cell-substrate interactions. It is thought the NPTN gene indirectly affects how the brain cells communicate and may control the formation of the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the human brain, also known as ‘grey matter.’
Creativity - NRG1 Gene
Studies show a promoter polymorphism of the neuregulin 1 gene is related to creativity in people with high intellectual achievement. NRG1 gene ncodes for the neuregulin 1 protein. This gene is responsible for creating proteins that allow for better synapse coupling on neurotransmitter receptors.
Happiness - SLC6A4 Gene
Studies show individuals with a transcriptionally more efficient version of the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) are significantly more likely to report higher levels of life satisfaction. SLC64A gene encodes for the serotonin transporter protein, also known as the sodium-dependent serotonin transporter and solute carrier family 6 member 4.
Success - MAOA Gene
Encodes for the enzyme Monoamine oxidase A, also known as MAO-A. The MAOA-L gene variant causes its carriers to be more willing to take risks while simultaneously enabling them to better assess their chances of success in critical situations, which is why this is also known as the warrier gene.
Love - rs53576 Gene
The receptors for oxytocin (OXTR) have genetic differences with varied effects on individual behavior. The polymorphism (rs53576) occurs on the third intron of OXTR in three types: GG, AG, AA. In the referenced NCBI study, they tested how a polymorphism (rs53576) of the oxytocin receptor relates to two key social processes related to oxytocin: empathy and stress reactivity.
Faithfulness - DRD4 Gene
Encodes for the dopamine receptor D4, which is a G protein-coupled receptor. According to the NCBI article, a particular version of the DRD4 gene is linked to people's tendency toward both infidelity and uncommitted one-night stands.
Self-Control - 5HTTLPR Gene
Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health indicates that the 5HTTLPR polymorphism interacted with a measure of delinquent peer affiliation to predict variation in self-control during adolescence and adulthood.