The living replica of Vincent Van Gogh's ear, grown using genetic material from one of his descendants, has a lifespan of 80 years or more (Photo: Diemut Strebe)
The ear has its own metabolism and lives in a bioreactor which effectively mimics the different parts of the human body (Photo: Diemut Strebe)
If you thought cloning mice, frogs and extinct mammoths to be challenging, how about cloning Vincent Van Gogh's ear? Dutch artist Diemut Strebe has grown a living replica of the ear that Vincent Van Gogh reportedly sliced off in a troubled episode, using genetic material from one of Van Gogh's direct descendants. With a lifespan of 80 years or more, the ear could live as long as any one of us, says Strebe, who is investigating the idea of replicating people from historical DNA.
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