Photos grown in bacteria

Milky Way Galaxy; E. coli genetically modified with GFP; 9 x 9 inches; 2012

So, this is really cool:

What this guy is doing is essentially using bacteria instead of silver halide crystals to develop photos. He uses a jellyfish protein to make bacteria fluoresce green, or a strain of bacteria that is naturally red. He spreads that bacteria on a plate, and then uses a negative to shield certain areas of the plate from radiation, which protects the bacteria in those regions of the plate. So the bacteria then grow out in a recognizable pattern: Einstein, for example, or an image from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Elizabeth is a PhD Candidate studying Genetics in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in the epigenetics of mammalian development. In her free time, she is an aerialist, a dancer, a clothing designer, and an author. You can find her on tumblr at, on twitter at @lysine_rich, and also on facebook or google+.

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  1. Bacteria, what can’t it do? :)

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