A Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar won an award for her project which allowed her eggs to be artificially fertilized by cells from her Scottish Border Collie pet dog named Byron.
This project is part of her works which aims to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs.
Although the process was not fully disclosed, Smrekar’s eggs were fertilized with somatic (non-reproductive) cells from Byron.
Nzherald.co.nz said that somatic cells are non-sexual cells so the material used was not sperm.
“The result is a hybrid cell, inherent in which is a dystopian scenario but which could create a new species whose chances of survival on Planet Earth are better than ours”, said Ars Electronica website.
The jury of the Golden Nica for Hybrid Art in Prix Ars Electronica said, “K-9_topology is a true hybrid artwork with a profound bio-political message and is certain to bring a lot of discussion to the audience from both the art and science sides.”
Aside from this, the artist was also able to breastfed Ada, an Icelandic Sheepdog. This was made possible after the artist went through a special lactation-enhancing diet. This too is part of her project.
Another project is the special human-dog fragrance, I Hunt Nature and Culture Hunts Me. Here, she provided serotonin (a tissue hormone from her own body) and from Byron for chemists to use.