The American Society for Microbiology Announces Winners of the Agar Art Challenge

2nd Place: Microorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City (NYC) is a melting pot of cultures - both human, microbial -, every citizen has a personalized microbiome. Collectively, we shape NYC’s microbiome by our lifestyle choices, and this unseen microbial world significantly impacts us. The Urban Biome Map is a collaborative project between citizen scientists, artists, aiming to make the invisible visible, to raise awareness for the urban microbiome to the general public in a fun hands-on activity. We invited the public to learn about microbes by creating a city map using harmless Escherichia coli K12 bacteria engineered with colorful fluorescent proteins like GFP, RFP or YFP as paint. More than fifty participants applied bacterial suspension cultures onto square petri plates containing standard LB selection media. The plates were prepared with stencils of NYC’s street grid, allowing participants to paint the bacteria into the patterns. After a short incubation time, participants returned to print the grown colonies on paper. The bacterial prints were reassembled into the map of NYC, Atmosphere. submitted by Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab. This art piece was created as a collaboration between citizen scientists , artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab. - First place went to Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil, whilst the people's Choice went to Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was also created by the group who won first place... - Washington D.C., United States - Wednesday 14th October 2015 (1 Picture)


2nd Place: Microorganisms Reside Everywhere, Yet They Are Too Small To Be Seen With The Human Eye. New York City (nyc) Is A Melting Pot Of Cultures - Both Human, Microbial -, Every Citizen Has A Personalized Microbiome. Collectively, We Shape Nyc’s Microbiome By Our Lifestyle Choices, And This Unseen Microbial World Significantly Impacts Us. The Urban Biome Map Is A Collaborative Project Between Citizen Scientists, Artists, Aiming To Make The Invisible Visible, To Raise Awareness For The Urban Microbiome To The General Public In A Fun Hands-on Activity. 
We Invited The Public To Learn About Microbes By Creating A City Map Using Harmless Escherichia Coli K12 Bacteria Engineered With Colorful Fluorescent Proteins Like Gfp, Rfp Or Yfp As Paint. More Than Fifty Participants Applied Bacterial Suspension Cultures Onto Square Petri Plates Containing Standard Lb Selection Media. The Plates Were Prepared With Stencils Of Nyc’s Street Grid, Allowing Participants To Paint The Bacteria Into The Patterns. After A Short Incubation Time, Participants Returned To Print The Grown Colonies On Paper. The Bacterial Prints Were Reassembled Into The Map Of Nyc, Atmosphere. Submitted By Christine Marizzi, An Educator At A Community Lab. This Art Piece Was Created As A Collaboration Between Citizen Scientists and Artists At Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab. 1

2nd Place: Microorganisms Reside Everywhere, Yet They Are Too Small To Be Seen With The Human Eye. New York City (nyc) Is A Melting Pot Of Cultures - Both Human, Microbial -, Every Citizen Has A Personalized Microbiome. Collectively, We Shape Nyc’s Microbiome By Our Lifestyle Choices, And This Unseen Microbial World Significantly Impacts Us. The Urban Biome Map Is A Collaborative Project Between Citizen Scientists, Artists, Aiming To Make The Invisible Visible, To Raise Awareness For The Urban Microbiome To The General Public In A Fun Hands-on Activity. We Invited The Public To Learn About Microbes By Creating A City Map Using Harmless Escherichia Coli K12 Bacteria Engineered With Colorful Fluorescent Proteins Like Gfp, Rfp Or Yfp As Paint. More Than Fifty Participants Applied Bacterial Suspension Cultures Onto Square Petri Plates Containing Standard Lb Selection Media. The Plates Were Prepared With Stencils Of Nyc’s Street Grid, Allowing Participants To Paint The Bacteria Into The Patterns. After A Short Incubation Time, Participants Returned To Print The Grown Colonies On Paper. The Bacterial Prints Were Reassembled Into The Map Of Nyc, Atmosphere. Submitted By Christine Marizzi, An Educator At A Community Lab. This Art Piece Was Created As A Collaboration Between Citizen Scientists and Artists At Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab.
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