* DNA name bracelet

Posted on November 4th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry.

This might be the geekiest thing I’ve ever made: an ID bracelet coded in DNA.


The Wikipedia Genetic code entry has a table to break the code or encode your own name (U=>T if you prefer DNA to RNA). Note that not all letters are represented since there are only 20 amino acids plus X for stop. You can also go see if some genome already contains your name, by entering it in this DNA search page. No MAITREYAs yet, but there are still lots of things left to sequence!

16 Responses to “DNA name bracelet”

  1. Kate Says:

    That is such a cool idea! Does it fit well around your wrist? [Having a long name would entail a necklace perhaps!]

  2. radha Says:

    haha, that’s awesome

  3. christine Says:

    wow, that’s super nerdly. i love it.
    my husband is doing his phd in molecular genetics: zebrafish. he liked your bracelet too.

  4. jen Says:

    that’s so quirky. i like the way you think.

  5. clara Says:

    Wow, this is so interesting! For a moment, I had a thought about binary coding names.

  6. Rachelle Nicolette Says:

    i laughed out loud when i saw this piece! geeks unite.

  7. Nicole Says:

    This is amazingly awesome.
    you have taken geekery to a higher level.

  8. salmonpoetry Says:

    about 10 years ago, i was taking a painting class, and we had to make a ‘non-representational’ self portrait (ie, we weren’t supposed to paint a picture of ourself.)
    i stitched together several panels with images relating to what was going on in my life at the time- one of which was a DNA sequencing ladder that when translated into the amino acid code spelled out my first and last names- which coincidentally enough all fit within the 20 amino acid limit. (i had just finished sequencing a number of Drosophila genes in the laboratory).

    so it’s cool to see you doing the same kind of thing here!
    i might post a photo of mine on my blog this week if you want to check it out.

  9. eelk Says:

    but not every letter of the alfabet is included in those tables right?

  10. poek Says:

    but not every letter of the alfabet is included in those tables right?

  11. Miranda Says:

    This site:

    ..Helped me out a lot. Since not every letter is represented in DNA/RNA, that site will give you the closest represented.

  12. Ariel Says:

    That’s so awesome! Why don’t I ever think of things like this?

  13. Sheree Says:

    Haha, I bet this bracelet gets a lot of comments, and is a great conversation starter. If you don’t scare them away with your geekiness, its the perfect ice breaker.

  14. Captain Skellett Says:

    I love it! Molecular Muse makes some cool geeky DNA-style jewelry as well, but it can be pretty expensive.


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