Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bacteriophage in Beads for the Microbiologist Nerd in You

bacteriophage
This beaded object represents a bacteriophage, a type of virus that infects and replicates within a bacterium. It contains a head (capsid), collar, sheath, tail fibers and base plate. This was one of the many images I worked from of a bacteriophage.

My favorite part of this virus is the elongated icosahedral structure of the capsid, exhibiting a tessellation of pentagons and hexagons for the capsomeres.
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For years, people have been telling me that some of my beaded beads look like viruses, so with a push from Dr. Mark O. Martin, I finally decided to bead something that really looks like a virus.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218387471/
This piece measures about 6 inches high and 7 inches across. It's signed on one foot with my custom stamped gold filled tag.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/218387471/
It's made with glass beads, plastic tubes, wire and thread.  The head is hollow and is stiff yet flexible. This model has loops at the end of each leg so you could mount it on a wall. The legs contain wire, which are flexible.
bacteriophage
This is original art. This is also an educational model. Think of it as a tactile mind game, a little bit of sparkle to entertain your brain. If you would like to take it home, it's for sale here.   You can also see an even bigger and more detailed T4 bacteriophage in beads.  They are great gifts for the biologist who has everything because they almost certainly don't have one of these.  Thanks for looking.

5 comments:

  1. I love it! A great mix of complexity and fun.

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  2. So beautiful! And it demonstrates how mathematics shines brightly from behind every aspect of biology.

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