Be cloned later: device to keep your DNA for 10,000 years
WANT to assure you won't miss out on being cloned when cloning becomes the norm?
Now you can, says a Fraser Coast inventor.
Brian Anson-Smith has introduced to the world what is known as a DNA Time Capsule.
Its aim is to preserve human DNA for future purposes.
"DNA could be a fingernail clipping, a bit of hair or a broken tooth," he said.
"If that DNA is kept in optimum condition, away from lights and sunlight, then its viability life for cloning purposes is about 10,000 years.
"The capsules come in different sizes and into the bigger capsules, you can put DNA of you and seven others.
"What's the benefit? You and all the other ones in there, might be cloned."
The concept of keeping DNA itself is not new.
"Governments around the world have been keeping DNA of people that they think are important," Mr Anson-Smith said.
"I thought hang on, nobody rang me.
"Why didn't they want me? Aren't I special?"
Aside from a possibility of cloning, Mr Anson-Smith said there is also an emotional benefit of keeping this precious piece of a human.
"When my dad died, he gave me his watch and other things, but I would give anything to have a hair from his head, or something from his essence," Mr Anson-Smith said.
The inspiration behind the capsules' built is not Pokemon seeing as it resembles a PokeBall, but rather Egyptian pyramids.
"The capsules themselves were inspired by the pyramids," Mr Anson-Smith said.
"They went through a lot of trouble building the pyramids but they didn't work because they were easily broken into.
"But the intention was to gain an afterlife."
The time capsules can be ordered at timecapsulesdna.com.
And if you are not satisfied, Mr Anson-Smith has a 500% money back guarantee policy if the product does not meet customer expectations in 1000 years, to be paid to the living descendants of the original purchaser.
Have your say!
What do you think of this invention? Would you want to keep your DNA?