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MMBIO's Agar Art Contest on February 14, 2023

Paint a Tragic Love Story this Valentine's Day

The BYU community is invited to create a tiny masterpiece with bacteria that only comes to life after sitting in an incubator at the semi-annual Agar Art Competition on February 14.

Better than invisible ink, harmless strains of E. coli are painted on agar’s spongy surface. Scientists, artist, and curious enthusiasts trustingly layer their Petri dish canvas with six color options of the clear genetically modified bacteria created in the agar lab. The magic happens overnight while the bacteria feast on the stiff agar base (a jelly-like substance found in algae), bringing the vibrant colors of the genetically altered organisms to life. The image reveal is always a fun surprise.

Aligned with the holiday, this semester’s theme is Tragic Love Stories. Participants may trace an image or freehand their design for the potential to win cash prizes, including $100 for first place.

The event is hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology in the College of Life Sciences.

Agar Art Competition
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
WSC Garden Court