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Question #53725 posted on 10/01/2009 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

At the east end of the Benson Building, on the south wall of the main hall, are electron micrographs of several different viruses. Who took those pictures and why?

—Phage Hunter

A: Dear fellow Phage Hunter,

This strikes me as being funny seeing as we'll see each other in about an hour from when I'm writing this, but we're both anonymous!

But, I did find an answer to your question. Those pictures were taken by Dr. David Belnap, whose office you can find in that same hallway (room E111).

The pictures are as follows (going L->R and Up->Down, like you would normally read):

1 - A virus from an Australian salt lake
2 - Virus from the Great Salt Lake
3 - Bovine papillomavirus, a bacteriophage which causes warts in cattle
4 - Avian polyomavirus, a study of which is found on the poster on the opposite wall
5 - Bacteriophage from soil in Texas
6 - Virus from the Great Salt Lake

He seemed like a pretty busy man and was kind enough to let me steal a few minutes of his time, so we didn't talk much about what each particular study was about. If you'd like to know more, you can contact him and I'm sure he'd be willing to field your questions.

-Commander Keen