Fernan Federici, a researcher in the Haseloff Lab at Cambridge University and one of the Synthetic Aesthetics residents, studies how cells grow and develop into complex shapes and structures. Using confocal microscopy, he tracks the growth of plant cells and tissues, creating models of how cell structures form and beautiful images, including two winners of the Wellcome Image Awards in 2011.
Do YOU think it's art?
Better than anything by Jackson Pollock!
It is organic art and it is beautiful I think.
It may be an art work done on a computer but this hardly equates to the creation of a living organism in the lab.
It is beautiful,I think.
Art by feck, it looks like a colourful fart if you ask me.
It reminds me of crystallized estrogen, photographed under a microscope. I can also believe it is bacteria.
To my way of thinking, a bacteria has a cell wall, mitochondria, nucleus, and at least one vacuole. I didn't see any of that in this picture.
However, as we learned in "The Andromeda Strain," presented for our consideration 40 years ago, we must learn to think outside the box.
If we have discovered a previously unknown variety of life then I gladly embrace the discovery. If it is a hoax like the "Piltdown man" debacle, then let us just chalk it up to an uneducated school prank -- and expel the idiot who thought it up as an academic and disciplinary failure.
Obviously this is a type of bacteria, but no I can't believe it.
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