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Petri Dish Designs Bring New Meaning to ‘Art & Culture’

posted: 10/21/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

A recent competition sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology tasked participants with growing works of art -- literally. Using microbes as paint and agar gel as a canvas, nearly 100 artistically inclined biologists across the globe carefully crafted selfies, still lifes, landscapes and much more.

After reviewing all entries for creativity, design, presentation and written description, contest judges awarded first-place honors to Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs and artist Maria Penil, whose representation of neurons was created using Deinococcus and Sphingomonas bacterium:

Neurons and biological shapes is a common theme in the works of the artist [censored]. Here she painted with...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Second place went to an inspired recreation of New York City, which was crafted by community lab educator Christine Marizzi and the artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab:

NYC Biome MAPMicroorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

The entry that's getting the most attention online, however, is a mult-canvas recreation of post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh's 1889 classic The Starry Night:

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night"While not original art, it's still a fun piece. BBL's CHROMagar Orientation agar...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Our Discovery.com special mention goes to 'Whooo's Got to Poo?,' an educational piece of art that warns of the perils of salmonella-induced diarrhea:

Whooo's Got to Poo? Salmonella species often causes diarhhea and is easily contracted from undercooked meat. While the...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Check out some more of our favorites below, or click here to browse all of the entries on Facebook:

Paying homage to our alma mater, The Gator Nation.When tasked with choosing a design for our agar art submission, we...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

The Violet Louis PasteurThe portrait of Louis Pasteur was drawn with Chromobacterium violaceum on Muller Hinton agar....

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

Yeast Go ViralUnlike human viruses that cause disease, yeast viruses do not cause any obvious illness in yeast. On the...

Posted by American Society for Microbiology on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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