What Living On Your Phone
What’s living on your phone? A team of molecular biology students at the University of Surrey has created a series of ‘artworks’ by imprinting mobile phones onto a layer of bacteriological growth media.
The project run by students in the undergraduate Practical and Biomedical Bacteriology class lead by Simon Park. They were encouraged to imprint their mobile phones onto a petri dish filled with the growth media to see what bacteria were present. After three days, the imprints had bloomed with bacteria.
The students found that non-touchscreen phones tended to have microflora limited to the keyboard, while touchscreens tended to harbor bacteria all over them.
More photos of bacteria grown from mobile phone imprints below.