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.
I see Gove has backed down on climate change and it's back in the curriculum again.
My book is now for sale
At the moment I have set up this journal so that only friends can comment. I hate doing this, but I was just getting too much Russian spam.