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CASE STUDY

Blooming into Being

By Chin-Chin Yap

What seems like a normal flower has human DNA coursing through its veins. How does this bio-artist’s creation fit into US intellectual property law?

EDUARDO KAC, Natural History of the Enigma (Edunia), 2003/08, transgenic work, a ‘plantimal’ with the artist’s DNA, expressed only in the red veins of the flower. Courtesy Eduardo Kac.

On April 17, 2009, bio-artist Eduardo Kac announced the launch of the Edunia, a “plantimal” consisting of a petunia flower hybridized with a human gene from Kac himself. Kac, a pioneer in the burgeoning

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