Arts Week: Harnessing Bacteria For Art : Short Wave Pull out your art supplies because it's time to get crafty—with agar! We're beginning Arts Week at the intersection of biology and art. Therein lies a creative medium that's actually alive. Scientists and artists practice etching designs on petri dishes with bacterial paint that can grow and multiply. This encore episode, Aaron talks with science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about her foray into the agar art world.

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Arts Week: Harnessing Bacteria For Art

Arts Week: Harnessing Bacteria For Art

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A flower crafted by Nell Greenfieldboyce, at an American Society for Microbiology event highlighting agar art. Aidan Rogers/Edvotek hide caption

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A flower crafted by Nell Greenfieldboyce, at an American Society for Microbiology event highlighting agar art.

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Pull out your art supplies because it's time to get crafty—with agar! We're beginning Arts Week at the intersection of biology and art. Therein lies a creative medium that's actually alive. Scientists and artists practice etching designs on petri dishes with bacterial paint that can grow and multiply. This encore episode, Aaron talks with science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about her foray into the agar art world.

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Love the science powering another craft? Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Margaret Cirino and Rebecca Ramirez. It was edited by Gisele Grayson, with help from Thomas Lu. Rachel Carlson checked the facts, and the audio engineer was Stu Rushfield.