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.


Anonymous said...

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