Genetic art takes unique elements from a DNA sample to create a distinct piece of artwork. This requires a cheek swab sample from the person who’s DNA will be used.
On purchasing, the provider will send you a testing kit with everything you need to take the sample. You can take the sample at home and after you send the kit back, they’ll produce the art.
Each provider offers different types of ‘DNA visualisation’, so check the examples on their websites before deciding which type to buy.
Check which format you’re buying
Some of the cheaper services only create the digital file of the artwork, not the actual picture for displaying. These providers will charge you again to have the artwork printed or turned into a canvas.
Buying genetic art as a gift
Genetic art makes a unique present but it’s probably best not to try buying it as a surprise. First of all you need to take a cheek swab sample to create the art and the person you’re buying for will probably notice! Second of all it’s illegal to test someone’s DNA without their consent.