Poetry Written By Bacteria

Poetry Written By Bacteria
Design

A scientist-poet has produced a new work of poetry in collaboration with naturally replicating bacteria.

Kyle Studstill
  • 5 may 2011

Dr. Christian Bök, a scientist/poet from the U.K., has successfully prompted a Deinococcus radiodurans strain of bacteria to produce a work of poetry. Where plenty of documented cases exist in which text is coded into DNA letter-by-letter, implanted into bacteria then reproduced through replication, Bök’s work is a new case in which the result derived from the replicated amino-acids has been decoded into a new poem.

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