My new series, The Affinities of Magic, has a microbiological basis for magic.
What that means in practice is that I have to describe cultivating bacteria on an equivalent of Petri dishes as part of the contextual background for the novels.
That's a matter of diluting your source multiple times and scraping streaks across your dish, and other ordinary conventions of basic bacterial cultivation.
And then this comes along…
The American Society for Microbiologists hosted the first bacteria art competition called ‘Agar Art.’
Of course, there's more than one way to cultivate bacteria.
Like the Horsehead Nebula? I especially enjoy the obligatory Hokusai and van Gogh homages.
Check out the full set of a dozen intricate “paintings”.