Just out in the latest issue of FEMS Microbiology Letters is a small commentary by myself and Artist Anna Dumitriu, describing our experience of collaborating on Microbiology/Art public engagement pieces. We focus on the ethical issues involved in displaying bacteria publicly, how to address the risks involved, and projects that can open up wider debates around the ethics of new technologies, namely the Trust me I’m an Artist collaboration.
Can we display bacteria from poop? If we do, how can we minimise the risk? And who gets a say in whether we should or not?
The shiny full published version can be found: at https://academic.oup.com/femsle/article/365/11/fny101/4983122#116947251
Accepted manuscript for those who don’t have access to paywall can be downloaded here: FEMSLE_accepted_manuscript
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in FEMS Micro Letters following peer review. The version of record [Nicola J Fawcett, Anna Dumitriu; Bacteria on display—can we, and should we? Artistically exploring the ethics of public engagement with science in microbiology] is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/femsle/article/365/11/fny101/4983122#116947251 .