The DNA Vending Machine is an art installation by Gabe Barcia-Colombo used to raise awareness of our increasing access to biotechnology.
Vending machines generally sell snacks, beverages or sticks of gum but this one sells human DNA, a small liquid synthesized sample of genetic material.
Each sample comes packaged with a collectable portrait of the human specimen as well as a unique link to a custom DNA extraction video. The project draws comparisons between “blind box” collectible toys and human genetics. “Blind box” toys are sealed limited edition collectible figurines packaged randomly with many variations. DNA vending machine treats human DNA as a collectible material and also brings to light recent legal issues over the ownership of one’s DNA.