Micrococcus luteus is a bacterium that belongs to the family Micrococcaceae. An obligate aerobe, M. luteus is found in soil, dust, water and air, and as part of the normal flora of the mammalian skin. The bacterium also colonizes the human mouth, mucosae, oropharynx and upper respiratory tract. It was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming before he discovered Penicillin in 1928.
M. luteus is considered a contaminant in sick patients and is resistant by slowing of major metabolic processes and induction of unique genes.
This artwork was commissioned in 2017 for BathASU.