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Scientific art for beginners

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:43
  1. Livia Puljak (, research fellow
  1. department of internal medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas TX, USA

    Last year, the university invited all employees to participate in the annual art contest. I told my colleague that we needed to submit something. He said he never knew I did any arts. Well, he was right, kindergarten attempts notwithstanding, but how hard could it be? We'd been to museums and seen works of art so ridiculous. We could surely produce something for a contest open to all comers.

    He signed on, and we started brainstorming. I suggested using materials from the lab to create contemporary looking “installations.” He remembered that he'd once left pipette tips in the oven and in the morning they were all melted together in the glass container, which looked kind of cool. The idea was born, and we started collecting coloured pipette …

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