“The King is dead — long live the genetically-engineered mouse version of the King.”
from io9: “The King may be dead, but his memory lives on in the form of a genetically engineered mouse created by Royal College of Art graduate student, Koby Barhad. The “genetically cloned model” of the late rock legend is part of an art project called, All That I Am — an attempt to explore a number of philosophical and ethical issues.
Incredibly, Barhad used three online services to do his artwork. He acquired Elvis Presley’s hair samples off of eBay (who knew?) and sent the samples to a gene sequencing lab where technicians were able to identify various behavioral traits — including such factors as sociability, athletic performance, obesity, and addiction. By using this information, Barhad then commissioned the production of transgenic mouse clones which had these parallel traits.
But there’s more to Barhad’s experiment. By placing the mouse in specialized environments, he attempted to simulate the various biographical circumstances of Elvis’s life.”