Genetic canvases are a way of turning a small piece of you into a unique and modern work of art. From a simple cheek swab we will extract your DNA and turn it into a pattern that we then print on canvas and deliver right to your doorstep. This way you will have a self-portrait like no other, and definitely a great conversation starter with any guests.
These canvases work great for the whole family, since you will be able to see how your children have inherited half of their DNA from you, and half from your partner. And you can do all this without any worry about what else you might learn about yourself. We have made sure that these canvases do not show any medical information, or can be used in any kind of identification process. You can also be assured that we will destroy any samples or information we have about your DNA, as soon as we have delivered the final canvas to you.
With each canvas there will be a complete information sheet delivered, tailor made for your specific canvas. That way you can be sure to know exactly how your canvas was made, and you can tell all your friends about it. We also offer several color schemes and sizes to make sure that our canvases fits in your home. Check out our gallery for some inspiration.
1. The process starts with your order. Once it has been processed we will send you a sampling kit which contains a cheek-swab, pre-paid return envelope and ID-label. The swab is used to take the sample which in turn is labeled with the anonymous ID-label. No sample will ever have your actual name on it. Once the sample is taken it is returned to our lab using the included pre-paid return envelope.
2. After we receive your sample we will extract your DNA from it. All the lab-work is done in our own labs, and your DNA sample will never be sent to a third-party. This DNA is then used to establish your unique genetic pattern by using 18 markers spread throughout your genome.
3. After the 18 markers have been established we visualize them by a method called gel electrophoresis. With a special dye that binds to DNA we can see the DNA when placed under a UV light. A photograph is then taken which is the basis for your canvas. At this stage we apply any color schemes you want.
4. The image is then printed on the canvas size of your choice and shipped directly to you from our printing partner. We will also include an informational pamphlet with exactly how your canvas was made, and a certificate of authenticity. After you have received your canvas we will destroy all samples and personal information we have.
Pixel Biology was started in 2018 in the university town of Uppsala, Sweden with the aim to make consumer goods based on science. We have years of experience in working in molecular biology labs, and have multiple peer-reviewed papers under our belt. We now want to make use of all that knowledge in order to make sure that you, the customer, get products that you can trust and that you know is firmly planted in sound science. We will never sell you something with extravagant claims not backed up by the work of the scientific community.
As a company, we take your privacy concerns very seriously. In fact, in order to make both your, and our, life a little bit easier, we do not store any samples sent to us, after we’ve confirmed that the ordered product is delivered. In fact, we will never share or use your samples in any other ways than what you signed up for. These are our promises to you.
Founder, Pixel Biology
If you have any questions about what it is we do, how we do it, or anything else, please do send us a message. Or maybe you just want to chat a bit about science and design. Whatever your reason, we’d love to hear from you.