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An Art Using Microbes as Paint and Agar as Canvas

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The American Society for Microbiology has recently hosted its first ASM agar Art Contest. The concept was to create a piece using microbes as the paint and agar as the canvas. Participants went above and beyond their expectation and made a stunning work of arts.

Here are the submissions:

1. This piece was crowned the winner. It’s a collaborative work between Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs and artist Maria Penil. They called it Neurons.

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2. Here we have the first runner-up. Christine Marizzi and her team used several petri dishes filled with E. coli bacteria and luminous proteins to make an alluring map of Manhattan.

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3. Second runner-up went to Maria Eugenia Inda of Cold Spring Harbor Labs with her piece she called Harvest.

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4. Melanie Sullivan went with Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night, and produced a beautiful result.

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5. The winner’s contest Berkmen and Penil also submitted this piece titled Cell to Cell.

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6. Lizah van de Aart took Literature/Hollywood inspiration route and used a skull-shape container for her piece, Hunger Games.

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7. Yet another submission from the competitions winner titled, Jellyfish.

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8. This one came from Joseph Sallmen, which he called Streptomyces Sky. 

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9. Dharshika Jayasuriya’s submission was inspired by the renowned microbiologist, Louis Pasteur. The piece is titled, The Violet Louis Pasteur, and depicts the French chemist in remarkable detail.

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