What can happen when a scientist and a mixed media artist team up? In the case of Maria and Memo, mixed media artist Maria Peñil Cobo and New England Biolabs scientist Mehmet Berkmen, living microbes become agar art.
The duo stirs up their own lab-made agar, but you can purchase sets of agar plates from reputable educational and science equipment companies.
• ASM Agar Art Contest.
• Top 5 Agar Tips from ASM.
• Creating Art and Education with Microbes from ASM.
• Inspiring High School Students’ Creativity and Design Thinking with Agar Art from ASM.
• Painting in a petri dish from ScienceInSchool.org, a European journal for science teachers.
Related reading in Smithsonian Magazine: How Microbiologists Craft Stunning Art Using Pathogens.
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