Ludwig Zeller
2009-11

Gene Collect / Genomaloto

The goal of this research project is the embedding of recent developments in Biology and Informatics into conceptual future scenarios. The methods of the field have been analysed in collaboration with system biologists of Imperial College London. With „Genomaloto“ and „Gene Collect“, two fictive proposals have been created to visualise the potential future progress and questions within this field from the perspective of Critical Design.

The principle of "Crowdsourcing" is applied in order to collect nature's genetical diversity in a digital DNA database for the application in Bio Informatics. This principle could be used by a bio-tech corporation to collect vast amounts of gene samples from hardly accessible places. If parts of the DNA sample are utilized and patented the submitter will win a monetary price. This allows for cheap access to an incredible diversity of bacterial cell cultures, which wouldn't be reachable for research teams otherwise.

 

Project "Gene Collect"

A specimen sampling machines which is set up at arrival terminals of international airports and similar places of high microbial diversity. The machine is able to collect bacterial probes of salivae, shoes and hands of a participating person. At the end of the process, the donator is linked to the sample with an ID and will benefit from the potential margin after the genome of the sample has been patented.

 

Project "Genomaloto"

A lottery system for the accumulation of ultra-diverse bio samples from tropical developing countries. The "lots" are kits compiled with simple tools for picking up specimens of tissues and substances. Especially in poor countries these are deployed and re-collected for free. $0.1 is paid for each handed in sample. In the case of a successful, commercial application of a probe, the participant receives $1000.




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The system collects DNA samples from salivae...
The system collects DNA samples from salivae...
... the dust and dirt from below the traveller's shoes ...
... the dust and dirt from below the traveller's shoes ...
... and from the palms by rubbing them to a sterile paper that is frozen internally afterwards.
... and from the palms by rubbing them to a sterile paper that is frozen internally afterwards.
Research overview for the Genomaloto lottery system
Research overview for the Genomaloto lottery system