Sunday, March 20, 2011

Jellyfish Injection Genetically Engineered Living Light and Plaster hands




I collaborated with Hunter Cole to create these photographs with the light of bio-luminescent bacteria as the only light source. Hunter Cole taught me how to inject a green fluorescent protein plasmid of a jellyfish into a bacteria agar cultured in Petri dishes. This light is alive.

2 comments:

Erin said...

Very cool.
Do you have any photos of a single dish? Can you see them swimming around?

Amelia Once Moore said...

I wish! The bacteria is so microscopic that the living organisms are indiscernible to the naked eye. They just look like glowing paint. Next time Hunter and I work up a batch I'll try and get a shot of the bacteria through a microscope for you, ms scottberg. Thanks for checking up on my brain soup lust!