E. coli

2014

Materials

glass glass

Keywords

microbiology e.coli e.coli
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This is one of the largest and most fragile of Jerram’s sculptures. Recent exhibitions of this work include the Museum of Art and Design, NYC; Glasstress, Venice Biennale; Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival; Oklahoma City Museum; Cosmo Caixa Museum, Barcelona.

Escherichia coli, commonly abbreviated to E. coli, is a Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms (endotherms). Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some, such as serotype O157:H7, can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and are occasionally responsible for product recalls. The harmless strains are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their hosts by producing vitamin K2 and by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.

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