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.


Waag ontdekken - one event at a time. Hannah de Bruijn woont onze donderdagen bij en doet verslag van de wondere wereld op de Nieuwmarkt.


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


In dit gastblog schrijven Suzanne van Lier en Joke de Hoogh, docenten op Basisschool de Regenboog in Amsterdam, over hun ervaring met het Smart Kids Lab tijdens de les.


In november 2016 openden we de Pet Shop Food Bar aan het Waterlooplein in Amsterdam. Je haalde je superfood-ontbijt bij de Pet Shop Food Bar, je kon je vrienden verrassen met zelfgemaakt spirulinasnoep of leerde hoe bacteriën bijdragen aan onze voedselproductie, darmflora en voedselopname.


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


Op zoek naar bacteriën ging een tour door de rosse buurt van Amsterdam om het microleven in de buurt in kaart te brengen. Een beeldverslag.


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.


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.


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!



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.


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.


Het afsluitende project van de minor ‘digital craft’ op de Willem de Kooning Academie luidt: “Gebruik een element van de mobiele telefoon en creëer daarmee een nieuwe manier van communiceren”. De studenten hebben verschillende uitgangspunten gekozen, zo heb ik gekozen voor een minder voor de hand liggende invalshoek: de ziekteverwekkers op de mobiele telefoon.


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.