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Painting with Microbes

Originally posted on Mad Art Lab. Written by Ryan.

Evolution in Action is a fantastic little RocketHub funding campaign to study how bacteria like e-coli evolve as they pass through the GI tract of a host. It’s an interesting project and it has the potential to expand our knowledge of bacterial infections so that we may better combat them in the future. Also, they paint your name in bio-luminescent bacteria if you donate $50 or more.

Isn’t that awesome? Don’t you want one for yourself? I think bacterial cultures are an under-utilized artistic medium.  Slime moulds, too, should be used more but that’s off topic.

Good luck with your project Siouxsie and thank you for a beautiful and possibly contagious logo.

More info on the project after the break.


Ryan is an engineering graduate student at the University of Waterloo and is attempting to improve the science of Mountain Bikes. His hobbies are myriad: camping, video games, fencing, painting, juggling, acting, armor smithing, D&D (yeah that nerdy), drumming and anything else that wanders along. His skeptical bent is understanding how humans learn and how they come to believe.

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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  1. When I taught intro micro lab, we did this an experiment. Without fail, at least 1 person in every class drew a penis.

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