Invisible roommates (OK, not microbes, but nobody’s perfect)

This is just really really cool and even though it is not about microbes, since it is about the built environment I thought I would share it here:

Meet your invisible roommates by Thom Patterson on CNN.Com.

The article is about the work of Daniel Kariko at East Carolina University.  Kariko refers to the work as Suburban Symbiosis: Insectum domestics – photos of the insects with which we share our homes.  And the photos are just incredible.

From the CNN article:

Since 2012, Kariko has been creating amazing portraits of tiny monsters many Americans live with every day, including boll weevils, carpet beetles, moths, wheel bugs, ants and earwigs.

His equipment isn’t what you’d expect. He mashes up art and science by using equipment from a university lab: a stereoscopic microscope and a sophisticated scanning electron microscope.

I am not sure about whether it is OK to embed the pictures here so I am not going to do it but you have to just trust me.  Go check out the pics.



2 thoughts on “Invisible roommates (OK, not microbes, but nobody’s perfect)

  1. The microbes and pests in the links you shared are really an unknown roommates. Never seen before. I would suggest doing a pest control to eradicate the problems of these unknown roommates.

  2. These are so amazing! I love super close up pictures like this. And it’s cool that there’s a tiny world interacting with us that we don’t necessarily see/notice regularly – that’s why I got interested in microbes to begin with.

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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.