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The Microbe as Art

At the Text Festival in Bury, UK, poet Christian Bök is doing something a bit unusual — his poem, The Xenotext, has been translated into DNA to be implanted into a bacterium, reports New Scientist's Jamie Condliffe. Bök tells Condliffe that the idea for The Xenotext came when he read an article describing how the lyrics to It's A Small World After All had been translated into genetic nucleotides and implanted into a bacterium.

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