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Bacteriophage Ballet

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Bacteriophage Ballet

Regina Valluzzi, 2011

Pigmented Ink on Paper, 10”x 8”






















“Bacteriophage ballet takes the ideas that would go into a diagram about viruses invading a bacterium, and abstracts them to create a fantasy landscape of dancing phages. A bacteriophage is a virus that invades a bacterium.  Some of them look like little spacecraft, with a polygonal head, a stem, and landing gear.  Viruses hijack the biochemical machinery in the cells they invade and use the host's protein production ability to make lots of virus copies.  That process is alluded to in Bacteriophage Ballet, along with certain biophysical structures in a cell.” 


— Regina Valluzzi





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