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.

You can join Liberty Science Center in supporting the movement to make Streptomyces griseus the official state microbe of New Jersey. Sign our change.org petition to help support the state’s vote and celebrate New Jersey as a pioneer in scientific and medical innovation.

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Location: 3rd Floor

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Highlights

  • Discover a glowing gallery of microbial art made by microbiologists, synthetic biologists, and artists using cutting-edge scientific techniques
  • Create a virtual microbe painting at an interactive touch table that mimics the real tools and techniques of laboratories
  • Listen to a soundtrack of “microbe beats” created by MIT Synthetic Biologist David Sun Kong
  • Experience Streptomyces griseus, a microbe with significant historical importance to New Jersey, by smelling its earthy scent and touching a giant version of a Streptomyces griseus colony defined by its unusual folds and shapes

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