Bio-art blurs the distinction between science and art by using new technologies to manipulate living organisms into artwork. An early example in the 1990s was a genetically modified phosphorescent rabbit named Alba. Other examples include using electron microscopes to look at things like muscle cells or bacteria. However, the ethics of using living organisms for art remains controversial.

Science & U!: Science and the Arts

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  1. Bio Art Laboratories.  A laboratory that works at the intersection of art and biology.
  2. School of Visual Art's program in Bio–Art.
  3. Wired magazine online. "Bioart: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Using Living Tissue as a Medium."  An article addressing the ethics of using living biological tissue to convey meaning through art.