The interactive Scientific Poster „Digital Meta“ is a multitouch exhibit that showcases the complex scientific contents of host-microbe interactions. Introducing five different model organisms, users are invited to explore the coexistence of bacterial symbionts with their multicelluar hosts on a 65 inch multitouch display. Much like a smartphone or tablet, the interactive Poster is navigated using intuitive touch and swipe gestures. By choosing different paths through the multi-layered content, each user can create his or her individual access to the world of metaorganism research.
While novel technologies of analysis have enabled scientists to look into the underlying molecular and genetic mechanisms, the realm of host-microbe interactions stays entirely invisible to the human eye. For the first time, microbiome researchers of CRC 1182 together with the Science Communication Lab have now made an effort to visualize the interactions within the metaorganism in depth.