It’s-a me! Mario! In-a petri dish!

A little double helix tampering over at the University of Osaka, Japan produced this image of certain Italian-American plumber. The petri dish portrait is a result of scientists genetically engineering bacteria to express fluorescent proteins and carotenoid pigments. Other microbiologists-created masterworks are on currently on display at Microbial Art, all using living bacteria, fungi, and protists.

So, just to recap: still no cure for cancer, but bacteria-based portraits of Bowser and Princess Peach are now just a government grant away!