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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:33 am 
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New web site I pulled from the Gems & Jewellery May 2006 issue. www.biojewellery.com. Clone your significiant others bones to make into jewellery.

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I'm confused.
Is this a bunch of art students doing a science project?
Why are they asking for couples?
Are they cloning bones from 2 donors, growing a specimen and then making it into jewelry?
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We received the data and photographs of the samples I had prepared a few months ago. Unfortunately the samples had died :shock: due to contamination in the laboratory - they are currently being re-sterilized to begin the process again.

Sounds like an art student to ME, lucky enough to get funding from some pork barrel govt. agency.


Maybe it's a joke.


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I don't think this is a joke. Two of the people involved are design researchers (Art students?) and one is bioengineer. And yes, I think there was some money involved here to "encourage ethical debate, and raise important and consturctive questions...". And I thought the USA was weird.

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The agency that funded this research is the EPSRC. It's the UK's version of governmental pork spending. They have their hands in on all kinds of off the wall research.

What the heck, it's taxpayers money. :cry:

http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/AboutEPSRC/Organ ... efault.htm


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Here's an idea. Maybe these folks could hook up with the group at LifeGems. You could have your bio engineered ring casting mounted with a synthesized diamond from the carbon remains of your cremation.

Future Chic Fatale :shock:


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John:Art Students?

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Website:This funded project started life in 2003 as a response to ‘Consuming Monsters’ a brief on the Interaction Design course at the Royal College of Art in London set by Tonny Dunne and Fiona Raby. The brief encouraged students to produce provocative objects which would generate a debate about how we percieve the benefits and problems associated with biotechnological advances.

I dunno...I'd call them "art students"... flamboyantly wasting money that could be useful for so many important things.
My 2 cents.
Albeit, interesting and curious project.
How did you stumble on this one John?


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I get the GEMA stuff. Wonderful issue of Gems & Jewellery May 2006. The best article was on golite as a simulant of emerald crystals. I was bemoaning my ignorance of another new gem when I found out that the golite was green glass, like in the go sign. Of course they went on to explain that a red glass used as a simulant would be stoplite. Must be a real geek, it's the funniest thing I've read in a while. I'll have to get out more.

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That is funny John. If logic follows, cautionlite will be the yellow version of this glass. :wink:

Speaking of glass for a moment (I digress) it's always a good idea to keep a handle on all the simulants out there. Below is a link with a lot of this stuff even in the color change varieties.

http://www.facetingrough.com/rough_synt ... lass.shtml


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