Microbes Make Glowing Galaxies & Other Art

Artist and former microbiologist Zachary Copfer uses bacteria, given genes that make them fluorescent, to create images, such as one of the Milky Way Galaxy, Einstein, Darwin, Picasso and more.

The space pieces were inspired by Carl Sagan’s term “star stuff,” which refers to the concept that living things, including humans, are made of atoms created in stars.