Biopresence – Human DNA Trees

Van Mensvoort
May 4th 2006

Imagine a graveyard without tombstones, instead there are growing trees that contain genetic material of the deceased people burried there.


Biopresence creates Human DNA trees by transcoding the essence of a human being within the DNA of a tree in order to create "Living Memorials" or "Transgenic Tombstones". Biopresence uses the DNA Manifold algorithm, which allows for the transcoding and entwinement of human and tree DNAs. The Manifold method is based on the naturally occurring silent mutations of base triplets, this means it is possible to store information without affecting the genes of the resulting tree. (related project: biojewellery)

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Posted 07/10/2010 – 05:32

Is it possible to code the DNA of a human being into the tree, so the tree develops human-like physical traits? Of course, cross-breeding completely different species is impossible, now, but can it be done in a different way to manifest a human looking tree?

Posted 12/05/2006 – 01:20

No, I guess you won't, since the human dna is replacing 'junk DNA' of the tree. In this project, the tree should not be affected by the human dna at al. So its effect is a placebo type effect. Still, you know the DNA of the deceased is in the tree and that should be enough for it's memorial function.

Posted 09/05/2006 – 16:15

will you be able to recognize the person in the tree?

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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