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ÆON is a philosophical-speculative scenario of a world where the biological clock can be reversed by genetic reprogramming. The work consists of three parts: a proof-of-concept experiment in a stem cell laboratory, a semi-speculative device and a story-scenario realised as a triptych of photographs. Today, scientists claim to be able to eliminate some of the hallmarks of cellular aging by partially reprogramming specific genes in the human genome called the Yamanaka Factors. Drawing from research recently published in the journal Cell, Emilia Tikka created – in close collaboration with scientists from Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC) – an artistic concept engaging with the question of human longevity and cellular time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtlas der Datenkörper 1
Subtitle of host publicationKörperbilder in Kunst, Design und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter digitaler Medien
EditorsMarlene Bart, Johannes Breuer, Alex Leo Freier
PublisherTranscript Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-8394-6178-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-8376-6178-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022
MoE publication typeNot Eligible


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