Written by: Autumn Faulkner
Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab Blog, September 11, 2015.
Nine months ago, we posted about these jars of water (http://msulconservationlab.tumblr.com/post/108193028342/this-row-of-jars-shows-how-much-discoloration) which hold samples from each subsequent washing of a book printed in the 1600s (http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b2150582~S23a).
I was making my merry way through the lab the other day when I noticed something growing in Jar 1. GROWING, you guys.
I fear we have awakened an ancient evil. Wait, I mean bacteria. An ancient bacteria. Either way, gross. I’m so glad we washed the beginnings of this mysterious gunk out of that book!