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Some of the spheres contained a bacteria altered by a plasmid allowing expression of Green Fluorescent Protein in presence of arabinose.

Making Life 2

Workshop with Helena Shomar, following protocol devised by Helena Shomar [view protocol]. Participants encapsulate two types of bacterial communities within hydrogel beads to observe the differences evinced on microbes when environmental conditions are rendered modular. The stages of the workshop are documented in protocol format and pictures below.

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workshop photo credits, Pei Ying Lin

Merged environments will affect differently the phenotype of the immobilized bacteria that meet their new surroundings.