Tuesday, September 2, 2008

S. pneumoniae bacteria asymmetric necklace - rock crystal clear Quartz oxidized sterling silver - "Microbiology" monthly challenge

I have just joined the coolest team ever on Etsy! (apart from my EST team of course :) It is called "Mad Scientists of Etsy (MSOE)" and most of their members are scientists who posses an artistic dominant gene :) Yay, I'm not alone!

This month’s challenge was a creation inspired by the theme of "Microbiology", how cool is that! My master thesis project was about S. pneumoniae (Streptococcus pneumoniae) bacteria, so I felt that this could be a perfect opportunity to show them in artistic way :)

Warning! Science talk now... :)

Streptococcus pneumoniae is a normal inhabitant of the human upper respiratory tract. S. pneumoniae can cause pneumonia, as well as infections in other parts of the body such as in the bloodstream (bacteremia), lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), bones (osteomyelitis), joints (arthritis), ears (otitis media) and sinuses (sinusitis). Usually, they are seen as pairs of cocci (spherical or spheroid shape), but they may also occur singly and in short chains. The primary virulence factor (or in other words the ability of a microbe to cause disease) of pneumococci is their polysaccharide capsule (which can be seen as a "halo" around the cells on the last pic). It is non-toxic but helps bacteria to evade the host immune cells.

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9 comments:

ira said...

This what happen when scientist become an artist, they make those hm...bits thing so wonderful:))))

creationsbyeve said...

What a wonderful creation when science and art meet :)

ingermaaike said...

Science and art go so well together!

Star of the East said...

Okey, I didn't understand much of your 'rambling' but your piece is gorgeous :)

ThePeachTree said...

AWESOME!! Who knew you were such a mad mad scientist?!?

twolefthands said...

Science was not my cup of tea, but I certanly know a beautful piece of work when I see it! And your photo is wonderful too!

Marie Louise said...

Wow - I think you really achieved the objective...and it's so beautiful. I do suppose that science is much like art in that it's very "hands on" and you are partly be ruled by the medium with which you're working. I think you're on to something!

Amanda said...

woohoo msoe! i love, love, LOVE this necklace!

ana carina said...

Ooohh I have to join that team!!

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