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.
Three judges, taken from the administration of the microbiology and molecular biology (MMBIO) program, will resolve the winners, and prizes will likely be given to the highest three work and 10 Honorable Mentions. The winners will likely be posted on the MMBIO’s fb web page. Footage from this competitors and previous competitions might be discovered there as properly.
The Microbiology and Molecular Biology Membership (MMBIO Membership) helps host this occasion every semester. They invite the Artwork Beat Membership to take part so each science and artwork majors might be represented.
MMBIO division lab administrator Robert Black introduced this competitors to BYU. After seeing agar artwork at a nationwide microbiology convention, Black thought BYU would discover success with an identical occasion. The primary Agar Artwork competitors at BYU was three years in the past, and “it was immediately a success,” he stated.
Winter Semester 2020 the Agar Artwork competitors had a theme of The Restoration of the Church. Hope is the theme for this semester’s competitors as a result of Black stated it is very important maintain hope alive through the pandemic.
MMBIO Membership president Austen Gleave stated it’s “good for college kids throughout a pandemic to get out of the home and do one thing artistically and emotionally relieving.”
Gleave helped run the occasion and painted his personal plate for the competitors. As a microbiology main, he stated it’s fascinating to see the colours and development of the micro organism. “It’s enjoyable to play with micro organism since so typically we expect it’s going to kill us,” he stated.
Genetics, genomics and biotechnology senior Megan Biesinger participated final winter the place she received an honorable point out for her Kirtland Temple agar portray.
Biesinger stated she has all the time had a ardour for science and artwork so this occasion is “a type of few moments I really get to mix one thing I actually love with one thing I wish to go into.”
By her portray of lungs coated in flowers, Biesinger needed to focus on hope and wonder even whereas the world is battling so many respiratory issues.