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DNA Tattoos. The Final Frontier of Love.

DNA Tattoos. The Final Frontier of Love. The Artists and partners, Virginia Elwood and Stephanie Tamez, got a matching body art made from their DNA. Credit Nathan Bajar for The New York Times

It all began with a floating leg. Or, to be more specific, an idea that came tattooed on the leg of woman kicking it through the Water in Key Largo, Fla., was seen as clear as day through Patrick Duffy’s diving goggles.  Mr. Duffy, who ran the therapeutic scuba diving program for military veterans with his father, was inspired by this tattoo concept; it was to commemorate her late husband, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action.

“At that moment, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to turn this tattoo into a timeless relic?’” Duffy said. “To have a piece of something she cared about, or maybe something to remember her husband by, in the form off a tattoo?”

Four years later and a handful of dedicated colleagues and around a dozen of patents, Mr. Duffy had come by a solution. A product that he and his partners are hoping that it will deepen the bonds between people and memories – in the most physical and literal way possible – between family members, friends, and loved ones.

It is as biologically intimate as one can get. Everence as a powder like substance that is synthesized from a DNA sample, something that can be collected from the swab of someone’s mouth for cremated ashes, which would contain a few thousand cells which is more than enough. A small vail of Everance can be added two inks that are used by a tattoo artist.

The result: A tattoo that is mixed with the DNA from another human being – or, if you prefer an animal like a cat, the dog, or any other furry friend.