Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Using cells from van Gogh’s distant relative Lieuwe van Gogh, the ear of Vincent Van Gogh has been regrown by Dutch artist Diemut Strebe who uses “science basically like a type of brush.” After growing enough cells from the material obtained from the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo, they were shaped to replicate van Gogh’s detached organ using a 3D printer and the resulting “ear” is being kept alive using a nutrient solution. Lieuwe shares around a sixteenth of the same genes as the Impressionist master, which includes the Y-chromosome passed down through the male lineage.

Using cells from van Gogh’s distant relative Lieuwe van Gogh, the ear of Vincent Van Gogh has been regrown by Dutch artist Diemut Strebe who uses “science basically like a type of brush.” After growing enough cells from the material obtained from the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo, they were shaped to replicate van Gogh’s detached organ using a 3D printer and the resulting “ear” is being kept alive using a nutrient solution. Lieuwe shares around a sixteenth of the same genes as the Impressionist master, which includes the Y-chromosome passed down through the male lineage.

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