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Unfolding lost pages of history through recovery of organisms that have been cryptobiotically suspended for hundreds of millions of years before the appearence of human beings and creating informational archives that can be sustained over time into a future well beyond the existence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species

While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, Joe Davis pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other nationally renowned laboratories.

Seth Shipman is a scientist working in George Church’s lab at Harvard Medical. He is currently developing methods to write new information into the DNA of living cells. New information written over time forms the basis of a recording. Cells that can encode events over time become molecular record keepers. Seth earned his PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF and his BA in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.


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Joe Davis

Joe Davis

While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, Joe Davis pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other nationally renowned laboratories. He joined MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies in 1981 as a Research Fellow and in 1989 Davis joined the laboratory of Alexander Rich at MIT where he is widely regarded to have founded new fields in art and biology. In 2010, he joined the laboratory of George Church at Harvard where he is designated “Artist Scientist”. In 2011 Davis worked with collaborators to genetically modify silkworms to produce transgenic silks biomineralized with metallic gold turn silk into gold. Davis initiated Astrobiological Horticulture in 2016, a multifaceted project to create organisms suited for survival in extraterrestrial environments.

Chrononucleotides: Time Traveling With DNA

Chrononucleotides: Time Traveling With DNA

Unfolding lost pages of history through recovery of organisms that have been cryptobiotically suspended for hundreds of millions of years before the appearence of human beings and creating informational archives that can be sustained over time into a future well beyond the existence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species

While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, Joe Davis pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other nationally renowned laboratories.

Seth Shipman is a scientist working in George Church’s lab at Harvard Medical. He is currently developing methods to write new information into the DNA of living cells. New information written over time forms the basis of a recording. Cells that can encode events over time become molecular record keepers. Seth earned his PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF and his BA in Neuroscience from Wesleyan University.