December 21, 2011   17 notes

In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at UC  San Diego have created a living neon sign composed of millions of  bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking  light bulbs.
… Because bacteria are sensitive to many kinds of environmental pollutants  and organisms, the scientists believe this approach could be also used  to design low cost bacterial biosensors capable of detecting an array of  heavy metal pollutants and disease-causing organisms.

In an example of life imitating art, biologists and bioengineers at UC San Diego have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs.

… Because bacteria are sensitive to many kinds of environmental pollutants and organisms, the scientists believe this approach could be also used to design low cost bacterial biosensors capable of detecting an array of heavy metal pollutants and disease-causing organisms.

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