Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

What’s Growing Inside This Petri Dish Is Giving A New Meaning To 'Culture.'

Who knew science could be artistic. The American Society for Microbiology, held its first Agar Art Contest this year. It’s challenge to microbiologists was to create artwork using microbes and germs in a petri dish. Scientists from all over the world put research and science aside and submitted famous paintings recreated as well as original works.

The artists did have to follow safety guidelines as they were handling live bacteria. ASM’s marketing coordinator, Chaseedaw Giles said that the contest dispelled any notion that scientists are not creative.

"I think this is a great example of the beautiful things that can come out of not putting people in certain boxes and defining them by a strict label. It shows art and science can be married together."

Melanie Sullivan recreated Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Melanie Sullivan recreated Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

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First place went to Neurons by Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil.

First place went to Neurons by Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil.

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Second place went to NYC Biome Map by Christine Marizzi

Second place went to NYC Biome Map by Christine Marizzi

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Harvest Season took third place. It was submitted by Maria Eugenia Inda from Argentina.

Harvest Season took third place. It was submitted by Maria Eugenia Inda from Argentina.

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First place winners Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil also won People's Choice with their Cell to Cell entry.

First place winners Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil also won People's Choice with their Cell to Cell entry.

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Flowering Sunshine by Manal Hamed

Flowering Sunshine by Manal Hamed

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Bifidobacteria micro-flower by Nuria Castro.

Bifidobacteria micro-flower by Nuria Castro.

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Yeast Go Viral by Paul Rowley.

Yeast Go Viral by Paul Rowley.

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The Wild Garden of the Gut Bacteria by Nicola Fawcett.

The Wild Garden of the Gut Bacteria by Nicola Fawcett.

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Next, watch white blood cells in action.

Source: Huffington Post

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