microorganisms

A microorganism or microbe is a microscopic organism, which may be single-celled[1] or multicellular. The study of microorganisms is called microbiology, a subject that began with the discovery of microorganisms in the 1670s by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.[2] Robert Hooke coined the term "cell" after viewing plant cells under his microscope. Later, in the 19th century, Louis Pasteur found that microorganisms caused food spoilage, debunking the theory of spontaneous generation. In 1876 Robert Koch discovered that microorganisms cause diseases.

 

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On 16 May we will be fermenting food in a workshop: a simple, healthy and energy-efficient technique of food preservation.

 

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Discovering Waag – one event at a time. Hannah de Bruijn visits our Thursday evenings and reports about what goes on on these events.

 

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Help! We are running out of antibiotics! Time to dig ourselves out. In a series of three events, we will explore new resources and discuss the issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance. Biohacker Pieter van Boheemen invites you to Waag’s Open Wetlab to learn how to hunt, grow, and test new medicines.

 

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Let's get our hands on biotic games during the Biotic Games Hacksprint! Inspired by the work of the Riedel-Kruse lab from Stanford University (see this video), we will spend one day tinkering with devices that let you interact with one-celled organisms or water fleas, playing with software to build games based on live video footage, evaluating previous prototypes, and dreaming up new ideas.

 

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In this workshop, participants will build a algal bioreactor and experiment with different kinds of algae, such as spirulina and chlorococcum, within the context of a discussion about “superfoods”.

 

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During this workshop, we'll take a city tour to catch our own microbes in different locations around the red light district, using what we find as a way to create a microbial map of the city of Amsterdam.

 

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Algae are the organisms of the future! Useful as pigment for the currently still polluting textile industry, as biofuel and additionally, also an important food source! It’s time to take action! Come build an algae reactor and and contribute to a better world.

 

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A guest blog by Karlijne Opmeer about her work at the TextileLab and Open Wetlab and her experiences using bacteria for textile dyeing.

 

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Suzanne van Lier & Joke de Hoogh, teachers at the elementary school de Regenboog in Amsterdam, told us about the experience with Smart Kids Lab in her lessons. Smart Kids Lab is part of Making Sense, a European project that stimulates citizens to measure the quality of their environment.

 

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The Pet Shop Food Bar connects three different worlds: DIY biohacking, the rich knowledge of botanical gardens and the societal challenge of food security.

 

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In this workshop we wil talk with experts on the communication between soil microbes and plants to explore which bacteria would take best care of your plants.

 

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During this workshop, we'll take a city tour to catch our own microbes in different locations around the Amsterdam city centre, using what we find as a way to create a microbial map of the city of Amsterdam.

 

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During this workshop 'De Groene Vrouw', author of the book ‘The Poop Doctor: Baking it Brown’, will discuss how to best take care of the bacteria in your body.

 

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Are you're curious about how bacteria can make an excellent sous chef, come get busy in the kitchen during our Superfood Cooking workshop at the Pet Shop Food Bar.

 

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Waag is opening its pop-up microbial pet shop in Amsterdam’s city centre once again. Microbe enthusiasts and foodies alike are very welcome at the official opening of the Pet Shop Food Bar.

 

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We opened the Pet Shop Food Bar at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam in November 2016. We investigated for one month how our micro-pets can contribute to the future of our food.

 

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We went looking for bacteria in the red light district of Amsterdam, to map microbes in the area. An image report.

 

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Waag and Motherboard will host the Microlympic Games: the most and least exciting sports event in the world, where microbes play the key role.

 

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Waag opened the world's first pop-up microbial pet shop in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District in the summer of 2016.

 

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Researchers, policymakers and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry met in Groningen at the Antibiotics-Now! conference to speak about antibiotics. The title of the conference sounds catchy and expresses humanity's urgent need for new antibiotics. Although I cannot argue with this call to action, I would like first to pause for a moment to reflect on the situation surrounding antibiotics.

 

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European countries are going to join forces to combat antimicrobial resistance in health care and veterinary sector. That is the outcome of a ministerial Dutch EU Presidency conference today in Amsterdam. Minister Edith Schippers (Health, Welfare and Sport) and Minister Martijn van Dam (Agriculture) welcomed colleagues and expert from 28 EU member states.

 

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During the debut of Waag's Petshop project, we exhibited the individual work of one of the project's initiators: María Boto Ordoñez. María is the founder of PET*IT, a line of designer accessories and toys for microorganisms. Recently, we decided to ask María about where she got her inspiration for treating microorganisms as pampered pets.

 

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27-11-2015

DIY Antibiotics

BioStrike is an ongoing project in a collective of Do It Yourself Biotechnologists (DIYBio) aiming to solve this tragedy of the commons. At festivals, community labs, schools and universities popup events were held. A collaborative online tool, a "Community Starter Kit" and a workshop format are in development to synergize efforts.

 

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Waag has won the N8 Award 2015! This award is for the best programme during the annual Museum Night in Amsterdam, that was held on 7 November this year.

 

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On Sunday 29 November, the Eureka! Festival wil be held at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Waag will be present at this science event with our search for new antibiotics at the Transformatorhuis.

 

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As we approach the end of the second BioHack Academy, the excitement to see the outcome of the participants' projects is growing steadily. The incubated microbes are dressing up for their upcoming finale, the Arduino boards have their final soldering touches, and the microscopes will be on fire!

 

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3-11-2015

Got microbes?

Each October, thousands of designers gather in the city of Eindhoven to present their works to the public during Dutch Design Week. This year, Waag wondered: what would it look like if we treated micro-organisms with the same care and attention that we give to our dogs, our cats, our fish—even our plants? To explore this question, we brought to life the microbial pet shop from the Open Wetlab.

 

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Lucas Evers (Open Wetlab) will be one of the guests in the programme Future Series at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 24 November, that looks back on the theme of the Dutch Design Week of 2015: ‘What if’.

 

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Our first micro-organisms concept store opened its doors during the DDW in Eindhoven and it was a huge success. The 275,000 visitors of the exhibition were curious to see our adorable micropets, learn about them and the ways in which they can take care of these little companions. Pet lovers were buying these little cuties for more than a week, showing their special interest in Slime Molds and Photobacterium Phosphoreum, which were completely sold out.

 

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9-10-2015

Pet Shop

With the Pet Shop, opened during the Dutch Design Week and Museum Night in Amsterdam for the first time, Waag strives to make biotechnology more accessible to society.

 

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De Petshop is part of the Dutch Design Week 2015! Put the 14th edition of the Dutch Design Week in your diary! DDW 2015 takes place from 17 until 25 October.

 

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Finally, genetic engineering is now officially allowed in Waag's Open Wetlab! The Ministry has granted us the right to program the DNA of bacteria in our lab for bioart, biodesign and biohacking.

 

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For the minor ‘digital craft’ at the Willem de Kooning Academy I went to the Open Wetlab to study bacteria and the fascinating patterns that emerge from cultures.

 

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This year's digital art forum Re-New in Copenhagen featured several exciting works of video, sound and interaction art. Although biotechnology is not often regarded as a medium, a number of biotechnological performances and installations effectively bridged this gap.