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College students grow bacteria into artistic images

(CRI Online)    07:35, January 18, 2019

Stunning images made by students using bacteria were on display in petri dishes at a special exhibition at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University.

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

Most of the bacteria were collected by the students from Chinese herbal medicines and from soil at the roots of primitive forest plants during a summer research tour to a mountain in China.

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

"Students need to find the appropriate strains from the natural environment, and then, based on the color, they use skills including aseptic technique to make the bacteria grow into a beautiful image," said the teacher in charge of the exercise.

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

It took over a month to grow the bacteria into creative masterpieces.

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

"Our original intention was to help the students to learn more, arouse their interest in scientific research, and have them understand how scientific research works," Zhang Yixuan, the associate dean of the School of Life Science and Biopharmaceutical Sciences told Science and Technology Daily.

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

One of the works grown by the students using bacteria. [File Photo: Science and Technology Daily]

"We observed the growth of the strains and, little by little, witnessed them become images as we expected; it's really wonderful, it was a lot of fun," said Wang Shuang, an undergraduate taking part in the project.

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