Regal painted portraits of people? So 19th century. If you want the

portrait of the 21st century, then it's one made of your actual DNA.

Right now, I'm staring at a 5-foot long DNA portrait of my hair strands

in a stunning cobalt blue, created by the science team over at My Gene

Image, a company that turns DNA strands into wow-worthy artworks.

The process was simple, to my delight. A few clicks on the website to

select color and dimensions, a swab of my cheek on a little gray stick

returned by mail, and I was soon presented with my one-of-kind,

sophisticated piece, a canvas of the letters A, G, C, and T on a

Matrix-like design. (For those of you who need a brief refresher-My

Gene Image explains: DNA can be thought of as the building blocks of

life. It is made of sugars and phosphate. On each sugar, there is one

of four bases attached: A, G, C, or T.)

So now I have a little piece of me, literally, hanging in my living

room. It's a superb conversation starter.

Overheard at my last dinner


Oh, what's that? questioned a guest.

Friend of mine, Oh, that's just a portrait of Katherine.