German museum has van Gogh ear copy

BERLIN - A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material.

The 19-century painter is said to have cut off his own left ear during a psychotic episode in 1888.

The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe says the replica ear consists of living cells grown from samples provided by Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo.

The museum says Lieuwe and Vincent van Gogh share about 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome that is passed down the male lineage.

Artist Diemut Strebe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she wanted to combine art and science.

Strebe plans to display the ear in New York next year.

'Breaking Bad' leads Twitter TV popularity

NEW YORK - AMC's "Breaking Bad" is the champion of a new television metric: more second-screen activity on Twitter than any other TV series.

The Nielsen company, for the first time this season, is measuring how many people are reading Twitter messages about particular TV programs the night they are on the air.

Nielsen said recently the drug-dealing drama starring Bryan Cranston had an average of 6 million people seeing tweets for each episode.

The show was boosted by its finale last September, where the number shot up to 9.1 million.

Another AMC series, "The Walking Dead," came in second with 5.17 million.

For individual events, the Super Bowl and the Oscars led the way - just as each year both events generally have the most viewers.

Marvin Gaye III has kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES - The son of singer Marvin Gaye is recovering at home after a successful kidney transplant.

A spokeswoman for Marvin Gaye III says he underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center last week. Barbara Cole says donor Rick Greene of Cincinnati was moved to offer his kidney after seeing Gaye's plea for help on "Entertainment Tonight."

The TV show is preparing a follow-up segment to air in the coming weeks, she said.

Associated Press