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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What happens when microbiologists are artists, too.

Here's a nice San Diego beach scene, made by swabbing fluorescent bacteria on a culture plate:

Beach By Bacteria

Now that is just cool. Here's some nerdy-background info on the artwork: the scene, by Nathan Shaner (photo: Paul Steinbach) is made from eight different colors of bacterial colonies expressing variations of the GFP and red-fluorescent coral protein dsRed. It was made in the lab of Roger Tsien, who as you might know received the Nobel Prize for his work with GFP.

1 comments:

liliannattel said...

That is cool. Very. But I don't think I'd hang it on my wall.