Microbiologists Create ‘Starry Night’ And Other Art With Bacteria For First Microbe Art Competition
The American Society for Microbiologists
recently hosted its first international ‘Agar Art’ challenge in which
microbiologists from around the world used various microbes and germs to
create beautiful works of art in petri dishes. The submissions included
recognizable paintings like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ as well as
original microbe paintings.
The scientists used nutritious agar
jelly as a “canvas” for their colorful microbes. While they do add an
element of randomness as they grow, they can also do things that paint
cannot – some of them emit bioflourescent light under certain
conditions, while others, guided by the scientists, grew into perfect
tree-branch patterns or jelly-fish tentacles.