That, right there, is smallpox. At least, that is what it would look like if magnified a million times and rendered in blown glass. Pretty, isn’t it? In a “wow-if-that-was-real-that-would-obliterate-an-entire-country” kind of way. Glass blower Luke Jerram is responsible for this work of deadly beauty, and was inspired by magnified visualizations of viruses and wanted to try his hand in his chosen medium. He received assistance from virologists in making these, who must have been tickled at how pretty disease can look when shiny.
T4 Bacteriophage: A virus that infects bacteria, especially E. coil, by injecting its own DNA into the bacteria, instructing it to make replicas after subverting its host’s operations. In other words, this is the Cyberman of viruses.
“Look, don’t touch” has never rung more true.
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