Cell-Free DNA Printing

This project showcases a new method for dying and printing on textiles without the use of harmful chemicals. It uses cell-free extract containing all the molecular machineries required for transcription-translation processes and DNA plasmids containing the genetic code to produce various colors. The textile (silk) is treated with non-fat milk and washed in distilled water before being sterilised and dried. This makes the material to be compatible with the printing method.

A workshop has been held with studdents from the Royal College of Art together with cell-free specialist Prof. Keith Pardee from the Pardee Lab at the University of Toronto to showcase application of this method on various materials and to develop new printing methods.