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Cartography of the Human Body

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Artist Sonja Bäumel explores the skin microbiome in her project Cartography of the Human Body. Bacteria isolated from Bäumel’s skin were characterized and grown individually, then used to reconstruct an artificial microbiome with many layers of differently-colored species. Giant petri dishes grew imprints of the new microbial layer, creating a living snapshot of the normally invisible bacteria. Photo credit: Sonja Bäumel

Read about and view more photos: "Microcartography" from the Scientific American Oscilator blog. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/oscillator/2012/01/27/microcartography/
 
 

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