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Living Photos Use Bacteria as Pixels

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the your-pictures-growing-old-with-you dept.

Science 156

BrainBlogger writes "Scientists at UC San Francisco have engineered bacteria to create living photographs that weigh in at 100 megapixels per square inch. The photos were created by projecting light on "biological film" -- billions of genetically engineered E. coli growing in dishes of agar."

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Students discovery? (4, Interesting)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103726)

Obligatory Coral Cache Link [nyud.net]

Pretty detailed tiny image of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. How many noodly appendage comments will we see?

With the growing number of sequenced microbes, we can search through nature's large trove of tools to find ones that fit the job," Levskaya said. "In our case, searching for light-sensing domains led us to use a photosynthetic bacterium." The students produced ghostlike, living photos of many things, including themselves and their advisors

I wonder how far they are from being able to take a huge image of a processor chip pathway and use these microbes to lay out an eating path for another microbe to create cheaper chips. I'm guessing it isn't realistic in the near future, but as the progression builds towards more "consistent" bacteria, maybe we'll see more aggressive use of these discoveries for profitable reasons.

That's my biggest question -- is anyone seeing private R&D scientists investing time and money in engineered bacteria that will be protected by patents or other IP protections? It's pretty amazing that TFA's discovery was by students.

Re:Students discovery? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103809)

It's not that amazing to see discoveries come from students in Academia.

I would be more amazed to see a company develop something like this. These days, it seems bio-business works by putting a protection of patents around academic discoveries.

Just in time for Christmas... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103898)

In A.D. 1, Christianity was beginning...
Roman Commander: What Happen?
Centurion: Somebody set up us the cross.
Centurion: We get new religion.
Roman Commander: What!
Roman Commander: It's Jesus!
JC: How are you children?
JC: All your cross are belong to Jesus.
JC: You are on your way to political upheaval.
Roman Commander: What you say?
JC: You have no chance to survive make your Empirical Dominion.
JC: Ha Ha Ha Ha...
Centurion: Commander!
Roman Commander: Move Executions!
Roman Commander: For Great Rome!

Re:Students discovery? (4, Funny)

websaber (578887) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104182)

The Flying Spaghetti Monster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Mons ter [wikipedia.org] appears in living material and you attribute it to "Science" and "Bio-business". He is talking to us and we are just to cynical to listen. For shame. We must fight for the minds of tommorow or there is no hope.

Re:Students discovery? (1)

haluness (219661) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103979)

It's pretty amazing that TFA's discovery

Its more engineering a feature than discovering a feature

Done before.... kinda (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104025)

In the 60s or 70s someone did something similar using photosynthesis on regular leaves. The bacteria are probably better (finer grained and faster).

Re:Students discovery? (2, Interesting)

ottffssent (18387) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104353)

These bacteria are way too big to be of any use in modern photolithography. Assuming each one's square, and there's 1 per pixel, each bacterium takes up an area of about 6.5 square microns (1 100-millionth of a square inch). For comparison, the smallest production SRAM cell I can find is .25 square microns, and contains 6 transistors. That makes these bacteria 150x as big as a transistor, and even larger when compared to the features that make up the transistors and connect them together.

Now, in situations where you want a physically large product, such as the circuitry to drive an LCD, biology holds huge promise.

first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103735)

first post

Not surprising (3, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103742)

Living Photos Use Bacteria as Pixels ...
Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.
---
Can't see nothing with those bacteria sized pixels!

Re:Not surprising (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103769)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

That is, unless you have really good eyesight.

Third psot 111!!1 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103755)

.. niark (:

(Je dédie ce post aux bières d'Alsace...)

Respect life (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103765)

That bacteria has every much of a right to life as you! Boycott anti-bacteria soap and walking!

Who do some people think they are--the pinnacle of creation, or something?

Re:Respect life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103894)

Who do some people think they are--the pinnacle of creation, or something?

Only the christians. The others are superfluous scum.

Wow! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103768)

I like to eat cheese! w00t w00t w00t!

Hmmm. (5, Funny)

cocoamix (560647) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103771)

So that's what an intelligently designed life-form looks like.

Re:Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103810)

I'm not so sure Jesus would approve.

Re:Hmmm. (2, Funny)

Yocto Yotta (840665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104386)

That, you heathen, is the image of Jesus' father. Get with the times.

Re:Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103905)

Of course. The lifeforms were made in His image. His Noodly image.

Re:Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104111)

Actually you are what an inteligently designed life form looks like.

This bacteria is what a humanly designed life form looks like.

Just because someone who was inteligent designed you, doesn't mean you inherited that intelligence.

Just a thought...

Re:Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104169)

It is amazing how circular your logic is, and yet you think you've said something meaningful. If you are an example of a designed entity, the designer must have had a few too many and forgot to go to the designated designer for guidance.

Re:Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104193)

How does insulting god make his logic circular?

Re:Hmmm. (1)

swiftstream (782211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104232)

It can't be coincidence that the picture produced by these intelligently-designed life-forms is that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They are obviously indicating who is the Great Intelligent Designer of the human race!

Mmm. (4, Funny)

dslauson (914147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103775)

Who wants to be the first to flip through my E.coli scrapbook?

Re:Mmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103955)

Only if the obligatory E.coli centerfold is age appropriate.

Re:Mmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104024)

By chance, my cursor obscured the 's' in scrapbook, so your comment was even funnier.

Remember.... (4, Funny)

TeaQuaffer (809857) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103778)

To wash your hands and don't touch your face after using your camera.

Ecoli coating (4, Funny)

Belseth (835595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103785)

Great, now you can get Montezuma's Revenge from a photo.

Re:Ecoli coating (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103944)

Plus now you really can go blind from looking at naughty pictures.

Re:Ecoli coating (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104381)

I can barely stomach the thought of gastroenteritis [medicinenet.com] from my pictures, nevermind blindness.

dirty pictures (4, Funny)

hosecoat (877680) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103789)

so now there is a new kind of dirty picture. The internet will thrive!

Just as well these bacteria can't think for... (1)

St0rmwarden (759530) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103791)

... themselves, or someone who hasn't washed recently could end up with "idiot" written on their forehead.

What I'd REALLY like to see... (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103796)

What I'd really like to see is for them to take a picture of billions of genetically engineered E. coli bacteria in a petridish of agar. Yes, that sure will be cool to see.

and what _I_ really want to see (1)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103846)

is a picture of George Wendt eating E. coli bacteria from a petridish in a movie.

Wow (1, Redundant)

GmAz (916505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103799)

Do you get your money back if the image starts to get blurry or stretch apart? What if it dies?

E. coli!? What happens if... (2, Funny)

GecKo213 (890491) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103800)

...my child gets a hold of the negatives and eats them? E. coli poisoning!? No thank you!

Re:E. coli!? What happens if... (1)

johnty (558523) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104246)

i'd worry if your kid ate some negatives in the first place... those corners can be sharp you know...

Great... (1)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103802)

Now photos can be as healthy for you as a Jack in the Box hamburger.

I don't think the hamburgers react to light though... or anything else...

Obligatory Post (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103805)

mmm... microscope pr0n.

Hail Thy Holy Noodley Appendage! (2, Insightful)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103806)

I have seen His Holiness himself! Bacteria in the form of Him?!? This most certainly is the work of Thy Holiness! How else could this be possible? Most certainly His own work. These students have been Touched by his Noodely Appendage! (faints)

Re:Hail Thy Holy Noodley Appendage! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104152)

His image in the bacteria cannot be an accident! The bacteria must have been intelligently designed to make it! ... oh, wait...

Obligatory Jokes (4, Funny)

thewiz (24994) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103812)

That picture of you will really grow on someone!
Watch as the eyes of the picture really do follow you around the room!
E. Coli never looked so beautiful!

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103823)

...living photos look at you!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1)

Zey (592528) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103954)

The mid-1980s want their humour back.

That's old... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103840)

Baskin Robbins had that years ago with their photo cakes.

Re:That's old... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103913)

LAWLPANTS! Very nice.

*Ducks* (1, Redundant)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103844)

That photo sure grows on you doesn't it?

Re:*Ducks* (4, Funny)

evil agent (918566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103877)

That photo sure grows on you doesn't it?

Yeah, it's so life-like.

new bacteria (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103854)

I for one welcome our new photogenic masters.

why is this interesting? (5, Interesting)

penguin-collective (932038) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103858)

E. Coli genetic engineering has been around for many years. Creating light sensitive strains, strains that make pigments, etc. is roughly appropriate for college level biology. I suppose it's kind of neat that engineers have taken notice, but it really is textbook stuff.

In fact, even more simply, since the pigment was present/absent based on whether the bacteria were growing in the light, you can repeat this experiment at home: use any organism using chlorophyll for photosynthesis and grow it in patterned light: you'll get a "photograph" in green/yellow. That's an experiment even elementary school students do.

You've got to give it to these people, though: they are excellent salespeople. Getting away with such trivialities as "engineering" and endowing bacteria with "new skills" takes both guts and skills.

Re:why is this interesting? (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104045)

You would be surprised how many "really basic" stuff any college student could do become cutting edge stuff if you JUST make them a bit smaller/ better /ect.

I did some lithography to create 3d-structures using multilayered resists as a basic lab course. Using REALLY old stuff like 400nm HG-vapour lamp lithography and contact masks. Things you could have done 25 years ago.

But just do the same with an ebeamer and make 15 nm free-gaps to contact spintronic devices without annoying insulating layers, and its suddenly paper-worthy.

Same here. 100million pixel/in^2 seem to indicate 2.5um structure size, which COULD be a breakthrough in reproducability/ miniaturisation of that kind of process... (i cant say it IS as im not very familiar with that biology stuff)

Re:why is this interesting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104092)

Agreed. This is worth a Nature paper ?!??!

Re:why is this interesting? (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104119)

I have to wonder if there is something more to it. My first thought was that this is awfully similar to drawing on somebody with sunblock when they fall asleep on the beach.

Re:why is this interesting? (2, Interesting)

swiftstream (782211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104248)

Uhh, in case you didn't RTFA, this _is_ college level biology. The team that genetically engineered the bacteria was led by a grad student.

Looks monochrome to me (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103860)

Uh, why don't you get back to me when you can engineer bacteria that respond differently to different wavelengths of light, e.g. change to the same color as the light striking them. THEN I'll get excited!

Re:Looks monochrome to me (1)

philoupoussin (911838) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103918)

that could easily be done. To get most energy out of the sun, photosynthetic organisms (plants, algae mostly) must take into account the spectral properties of the light. Evolution answered with not one type of photoreceptor, but many different, each having its preferred wavelength. All the work is already done, just a matter of copy-pasting. Then generating the corresponding color would be (almost) trivial, through expression of chimeric proteins (chimera between a given photoreceptor and a given chromogenic enzyme). Voila !

New Scientist (4, Informative)

alanw (1822) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103884)

Plenty of bandwidth over at New Scientist [newscientist.com]

Complete with a photo of His Noodly Holiness.

Using E.Coli as pixels? (2, Funny)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103890)

That's pretty shitty.

Re:Using E.Coli as pixels? (1)

yellowjacket03 (470997) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103906)

True. But now I have an excuse not to look at photo albums anymore. The terrible diarrhea.

Re:Using E.Coli as pixels? (1)

Hirsto (601188) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104128)

Support bacteria! It's the only culture some people have!

Hellooooo blogvertisement (3, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103892)

"Adapted from a press release" indeed. WHOIS for brainblog.com:
Administrative Contact: Elabridi:, Mounir mounir@yahoo.com Maroc Internet SARL 221 Boulevard Zerktouni Casablanca, 20010 Morocco 17202492499 Fax --

Third google hit on Mr. Elabridi's name is:

"Maroc Internet - Management Mounir Elabridi, a globally recognized innovator in Internet marketing, founded Maroc Internet in 2002. Mr Elabridi brings to this venture a proven track ...

Well, now how about that.

The domain name servers for the domain are NS1/NS2.BENSULLIVAN.COM. Mr. Sullivan lives at 4404 Price St, Los Angeles, CA 90027- about a 15 minute drive from University California Los Angeles. It's a stretch, but also an interesting coincidence.

Re:Hellooooo blogvertisement (1)

dokebi (624663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104000)

Yeah, but UCSF is about 300 miles away from UCLA. I'd say that's some stretch.

Ben Sullivan (1, Informative)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104046)

Ben Sullivan is a busy blogger bee and socialite (that photo was taken rather close by to the Price Street address- at King King, on Hollywood Boulevard.)

Seems to also be involved in scienceblog.com, among other things. Which has the exact same address in whois- 4404-1/2 Price Street (sorry- first comment, I omitted the "1/2" by mistake.) Scienceblog.com also happens to feature the same story. He's pretty cheap about hosting, too- flickr seems to host a lot of the images he uses on his blog entries.

DNS servers for that domain are ns1/ns2.themachineworks.com, and it has an address in France: 7 impasse toufixe de la mort, F-75025, Paris. Kind of a dead end there for me.

Visiting www.themachineworks.com, there is what appears to be a generic hosting help page. Click through one, and you can see that the page was last modified by "h-68-164-115-163.lsanca54.dynamic.covad.net". "lsanca" looks like "Los Angeles, CA", and a traceroute confirmed it- one of the last hops was through a router with a hostname containing "losangeles1".

Call me crazy, but why is an "internet marketing specialist" working with Mr. Sullivan? And what is with the super-ritzy address? Hmmmmm.

More interesting information (1, Informative)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104413)

Previously mentioned sites: www.scienceblog.com www.bensullivan.com www.themachineworks.com.

Guess what? Scienceblog and themachineworks are both hosted out of an EV1servers hosting facility in Houston, Texas. They're so close to each other, they share the second-to-last router in a traceroute.

Second- brainblog and bensullivan.com are hosted from exactly the same server (or behind the same firewall) at theplanet.com. Again- in Houston. Ben Sullivan seems awfully cozy with Mounir Elabridi.

This gives.... (1)

wpiman (739077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103902)

new meaning to the term live porn.

flying speghetti monster? (0, Flamebait)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103907)

How am I supposed to believe this is real if there is a pic of the flying speghetti monster in the corner (FSM). Looks like slashdot got duped by a joke article again...

let me put it this way (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103914)

If you paint a smiley face on a turd, it's still just a turd with a smiley face.

That lesson applies both to Microsoft's development tools, and, more importantly, to Microsoft's attempts to make software development "easy". Those people that know how to develop don't need this trash, and those that don't won't be helped by it.

Angry E. Coli (1)

RootsLINUX (854452) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103928)

I initially read the post as -- billions of genetically engineered E. coli growing in dishes of anger , and I couldn't for the life of me imagine how the scientists were able to know that the E. Coli were angry. I thought maybe they were working together to form insulting pictures to project at the researchers, like goatse or something to that effect. E Coli with attitude: now that's news for nerds! :D

Re:Angry E. Coli (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14103960)

current mood: bacteriay

Warning Label... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103929)

... billions of genetically engineered E. coli ...

Why would anyone want to buy a camera that has a warning label that the product is not only hazardous to your health but is also a biological agenet if exported outside of the USA? Should be a hot Christmas item for kiddies and terrorists.

Ah! (1)

setirw (854029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103930)

So that's how those neat photographs of the Avian Flu virus were taken!

Ya wanna know what's really interesting? (0, Offtopic)

TrebleJunkie (208060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103951)

All this neat stuff we can do, and we *still* dismiss intelligent design as a possibility.

*chuckle* That's really interesting. Sad and funny, but interesting.

e coli (0, Redundant)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103962)

I hear the pictures turned out like shit, though.

E.coli (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 8 years ago | (#14103989)

Do not eat iPic

Slow Film (1)

Rob Riggs (6418) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104009)

Exposure took 12-15 HOURS? What does that equate to as far as film speed? You're going to need to get that down quite a few orders of magnitude to be useful for imaging anything.

Re:Slow Film (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104037)

Now, imagine using it to make porn. Are you up to it?

Re:Slow Film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104228)

Wrong.

This is the best news ever for people doing still image photography.

If this project ever gets anywhere, we could have another space telescope with images hundreds of times clearer than Hubble... without needing a huge and risky mirror system.

webcast of the lecture is here! (3, Informative)

dokebi (624663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104018)

He gave a talk at the Synthetic Biology seminar at UC Berkeley two weeks ago. The web cast is located here:
http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses/archive.php?se riesid=1906978261 [berkeley.edu]
It's titled "Programming Dynamic Function into Bacteria"

calculating the resolution of bacteria... (1)

fanblade (863089) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104029)

100 megapixels per square inch with bacteria?

By the same logic, a photograph developed from a negative has as many pixels as molecules on the surface of the paper. Anyone care to calculate that resolution?

yuck! (1)

6pak (687010) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104034)

if only that stuff in my bathroom could do this...

WHAT !!! Oh Man... (1)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104044)

Now I gotta worry about getting DISEASES like e-Coli from my PORN ?!?!

Beware (5, Funny)

Profcrab (903077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104047)

"Mooooom, the picture of Billy is eating Billy."

Just like the game! (1)

Dasher42 (514179) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104055)

Remember, everyone, this is stable:
OOO
This isn't:
OOOO
And I can draw a mean cannonball pattern.

oh gross! (1)

shokk (187512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104060)

I thought goatse.cx was bad, but these new photos really make me sick! (rimshot, please) Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal and don't forget to tip your waiters.

Prior art already exists... (1)

MTO_B. (814477) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104062)

This technology has been used for many years by the the wizards.
I recall Harry Potter seeing many of these pictures.

If I recall correctly there were some pictures that even came with candy, these had this "ancient" technology, that's why those pics moved only once... they used bacteria, and bacteria like all life forms have only one life to live. The pictures at Hogwarts walls used more modern technology, where bacteria would reproduce, hence making the pictures live forever.

http://www.google.es/search?q=living+picture+harry +potter [google.es]

Original link please (2, Insightful)

caseih (160668) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104064)

Where I can I find the original story? This is interesting to me, but I'd rather not be maniupulated into driving traffic to some blog site like Mr. Roland Piquepaille likes to do (haven't seen any of his posts in a while, thank goodness). Not trying to troll here.

Re:Original link please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104272)

Original Story from Nature (might require login)
<URL:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v438/n70 67/suppinfo/nature04405.html>

Re:Original link please (3, Informative)

spage (73271) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104310)

The lab's home page is http://www.voigtlab.ucsf.edu/ [ucsf.edu] , but they don't have a news item for this yet. The work seems to be Engineering E. coli to see light and will be in Nature according to their Papers section.

The most recent presentation slides [ucsf.edu] (PDF) are a hoot, that talk must have been fun.

Go UCSF!

I have a cold (4, Funny)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104068)

AAAAAaaaaaTTTTCHHHHHHHHHHHOOOO

Hey, my 24 exposure roll of 35mm film just became 26 exposures!!

Re:I have a cold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104313)

AAAAAaaaaaTTTTCHHHHHHHHHHHOOOO

Hey, my 24 exposure roll of 35mm film just became 26 exposures!!


You don't know where this E. coli stuff comes from, do you?

pr0n applications (0, Offtopic)

Randall_Jones (849846) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104088)

Maybe now there will finally be pornographic images of high enough resolution to meet my refined tastes.

Interesting. (4, Informative)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104171)

For images that are essentially monochromatic, this is fine. Actually, a Russian photographer did some ingenious colour photography [loc.gov] using monochrome film, but that was sensitive to all frequencies not just one.

Cool... (1)

chrstphrb (885917) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104172)

I wonder when will scratch-n-sniff stickers begin using this technology?

Scientists create "chemical image" with molecules (4, Funny)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104220)

Scientists have announced that they have managed to create a gigapixel per square inch "light sensor" using only silver halide molecules coated onto a transparent plastic substrate. On exposure to light, some molecules change state by dissociating into pure silver. Exposure times of just a few milliseconds were all that were needed. This image is not visible to the naked eye, but can be "developed" using chemical processing to amplify the image to make it visible. The final image can be then fixed and rendered no longer light sensitive by bleaching out the remaining halides. The image is then rendered permanent. With its vastly higher resolution than ordinary digital CCD sensors, scientists are hailing the discovery as a breakthrough for creating ultra-high resolution images. They have also speculated that by creating a sandwich of light sensitive layers and colour filters, colour images could be recorded by the same process. The only question is, is the usual digital imaging that we have all grown used to doomed by this new process?

ALL HAIL (-1, Offtopic)

BEETROOT (929920) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104296)

his lord Flying Spaghetti Monsters glorious noodly appendages.

He thought of it first... (2, Interesting)

sokweman (769578) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104356)

Interestingly, the idea of using microbes to create an image is not new. Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club by virtue of paintings he made by growing different colored bacteria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming [wikipedia.org]

Engineering e-coli uh? (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 8 years ago | (#14104393)

Where did I park my Zodiac?

100 Megapixels per inch? I've got a better idea: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104448)

Megabytes per inch.

BBC radio story (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14104465)

I heard about this just over an hour ago on the BBC's radio 4:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/frontiers.shtm l [bbc.co.uk]

real audio stream of the program, until it gets replaced in a weeks time by the next program:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/rams/frontiers .ram [bbc.co.uk]

It talks about various projects around the topic of engineering microorganisms. Light-sensitive engineered E. Coli, "bacterial photography" starts around 8 minutes in if you want to fastforward...
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