Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bacteria Write Poetry Now Too

One of the many topics I've been writing about recently is the intersection of art and science. Mostly, I've been doing this through poetry, which has metaphors using and images of scientific processes and concepts. I've been working on poetry and science from the poetry side, and here is a lovely poet-scientist working on poetry and science from the science side, by writing verse into the genes of E. coli. E. coli is one of the easiest organisms for scientists to place vectors (unique DNA codes) into, which is why it is frequently used in research.
The best detail of this story? The E. coli can respond back in their own code to the poem. That's poetic.

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