The Things We Take With Us: A Nightdress for Hospitals
Image : S.aureus. Magnification 20,000. Digital print on silk cotton
The Things We Take With Us: A Washbag for Hospitals
Gene sequence of mecA gene, S. aureus. Digital print on silk
Photoprint sequence exploring bacterial evolution and culture via MRSA in hospitals.
The constant evolution of microbes provides an ongoing challenge to scientists and health care providers. The spread of drug resistant bacteria fuelled by the overuse of antibiotics, has added another layer to the complex interplay between science and the microbial world. Does the rising sense of alarm about the risks posed to us when we are at our most vulnerable create a new sense of human fragility? Have we really undermined almost a century of medical advances through the misuse of antibiotics to such an extent that our medical facilities themselves have become contested landscapes?
The Things We Take With Us, collaboration with Dr Melissa Ward, Research Fellow at the CIIE. Dr Ward studyies the spread of bacteria and antibiotic resistance by combining bacterial genetic sequence data with epidemiological information. http://ciie.bio.ed.ac.uk/melissa-ward