Explore the power of microbes via art and technology

Microbes Rule! uses trend-setting art to help guests see microbes in a whole new way.

Every plant and animal on Earth depends on microbes: bacteria, viruses, and other tiny living things. Microbes also have a beauty all their own, usually seen only in labs. Entering the gallery through a giant microscope lens, guests step into a petri-dish-shaped space alive with sound and movement.

Microbes Rule! also features a spotlight on Streptomyces griseus, an amazing microbe discovered here in New Jersey that led to the first cure for tuberculosis and gives soil its earthy scent. After the microbe was discovered at Rutgers University and made available to the public, tuberculosis mortality rates in the U.S. fell to a historic low, saving millions of lives and ending tuberculosis as one of the leading causes of death in America.

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Location: 3rd Floor

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