My last blog post was about bioluminescent sea life and today I want to talk about bioluminescent bacteria. As perhaps you may have guessed, the science behind both is same, although the bacteria live for longer than the sea life! Hunter Cole is a brilliant geneticist and artist who endeavours to bring science in the form of beautiful art to the public to show just how creative nature can be! One of her projects is a series of photographs called Living Bacteria wherein she places bioluminescent bacteria in the shape of controlled line drawings and then allows them to grow in the host environment with the required nutrients. Over a two week period then, she photographed them as they grew brighter and brighter, their numbers increasing until they use up the available nutrients and begin dying, gradually getting dimmer and dimmer. The image behind this piece is of one of Cole’s photographs of a controlled line drawing of her own DNA using bioluminescent bacteria.