A Many Meaning Cypher

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The bacteria living on the pages of a near 300-old version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses begin to reveal their identify through their DNA sequences. A biological code of just four letters embedded amongst the visible letters of the Latin to English translation. As expected there are bacteria from the microbiomes of individuals who have read the book, but also oddities like bacteria that have only before been isolated from the very edges of the Earth’s atmosphere. A many meaning cypher. With artist Sarah Craske and Professor of Science Humanities Charlotte Sleigh . More detail on the AHRC funded project here: Metamorphoses In Art and Science

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