Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Big Bug

People might be interested to see my friend Dov's metal sculpture of an E-Coli bacillus in copper, aluminium and steel.
The “body” is made of several plates – these represent the mosaic nature of the E. coli genome. Most of the plates are copper, with an aluminium plate representing horizontal gene transfer. There are pili and a flagellum made of steel, and the rivets represent membrane proteins: receptors, channels etc. I also like the idea that most of the bug is made of copper – essential for E. coli in small quantities, with antimicrobial effect in higher quantities.
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