BYU college students paint with micro organism for the Agar Artwork Competitors

BYU students paint with bacteria for the Agar Art Competition

Megan Biesinger paints lungs coated in flowers on her agar plate for the artwork competitors. She makes use of a drawing on paper towels beneath the plate to hint the picture in translucent micro organism paint. (Lauren Hemmert)

The BYU microbiology and molecular biology program held its semi-annual Agar Artwork competitors on Oct. 14 the place college students produced work product of micro organism.

The Agar Artwork competitors is an occasion for college kids to get pleasure from artwork whereas studying about science. College students from majors throughout campus participated on this distinctive artwork competitors the place clear paint is constituted of micro organism that grows colourful over time.

Individuals used a innocent strand of E. coli micro organism to color on a petri dish full of a jelly-like substance referred to as agar. The paint consisted of micro organism with a pigment inserted into it that trigger shade. The micro organism, nevertheless, was clear when college students painted with it.

As soon as all of the work had been completed, the plates had been put in an incubator that stored the petri dishes at physique temperature. In a single day, the micro organism ate up the agar which acted as a meals supply for the micro organism to develop and turn out to be colourful.

There have been six shade choices for college kids to color with, plus a glow-in-the-dark paint that may solely be seen in a darkish room. The glow-in-the-dark paint was created by inserting a gene referred to as inexperienced fluorescent protein. It’s the identical gene that’s present in fireflies.

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