Google Honors Inventor of Petri Dish with Gross/Awesome Doodle

Today, Google honors German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri (born May 31st, 1852), the scientist credited with the invention of the Petri dish – a ubiquitous research tool particularly suited to raising cell cultures and revealing how gross-and/or-fascinating the world is, generally.

The animation shows a series of Petri dishes sprouting Google-spelling bacteria after being swabbed. Mouse-over each dish, and you can see the source of each bacterial colony. (We were kind of surprised not to see bacteria from any belly buttons.)

Click here to try it for yourself.