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May 7th, 2011

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05:54 pm - 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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Date:May 7th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
That's pretty awesome.
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Date:May 7th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
I know - an aluminium plate for gene transfer. I don't know what the other people on the metalwork course thought.
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Date:May 7th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
They seemed OK with it. :-) They made things like ladybirds and butterflies.
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Date:May 7th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Not enough rivets?
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Date:May 8th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
Possibly there should be billions of them? They only had a weekend.

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