The American Society for Microbiology held an art contest. Yes, scientists, specifically microbiologists, created artworks by growing microbes in an agar medium in Petri dishes. The results of the Agar Art contest are stunning! The winners of the competition are:
- First place: Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.
- Second place: NYC Biome MAP, submitted by Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab. This art piece was created as a collaboration between citizen scientists and artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab.
- Third place: Harvest Season, created by Maria Eugenia Inda, a postdoctoral researcher from Argentina working at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
- People's Choice: Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was created by the group who won first place, Mehmet Berkmen with artist Maria Penil.