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The Synthetic Pathologies
Synthetic Pathologies Would you leave your body to science, business or art? Materials impregnated with bacterial and viral predators mean natural disease is a distant memory. But now we must contend with synthetic pathologies. Bacteria occasionally escape from factories, DIY labs and broken products, colonising our internal bodily tracts. There they flourish, simply doing what we designed them to do: to manufacture goods. Sometimes they swap DNA via plasmid rings and evolve - as bacteria are wont to do - combining to form novel growths within the body. Synthetic infection can be profitable and even beautiful. CMYK PLAQUE Full set extracted from a 34-year-old man with poor dental hygiene. Replacing artificial colours, modified E. coli self-organise into dot-shaped biofilms used in pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs.