Grow your own fingerprint bacteria

Grow your own fingerprint bacteria

Discover the bacteria living on your skin as we grow microbial cultures from your fingerprints. Dip your digits and we will send you pictures of the resulting bacterial explosion that grows overnight to impress (or disgust) your friends and family.

Humans are literally covered in bacteria - from our heads to our fingertips. Each person’s bacteria are specific to them, and you can (literally!) grow your own bacterial fingerprint by placing your fingers onto an agar plate. This plate will be incubated for a day or two, and then digital photos will taken of the resulting bacterial explosion will be emailed out to participants the following week so they have a lasting memory of the event. There will also be pre-printed digital photos of bacteria growing on plates so these can be talked through with stall attendees (eg MRSA, E.coli etc.)