Mycoplasma Puzzle
Journey inside one of the simplest living organisms, a Mycoplasma bacterium with this wooden jigsaw puzzle featuring art by scientist David S. Goodsell. This round puzzle has an irregular border and 134 amorphous interlocking pieces. There are also three science themed whimsy pieces and several tricky interior borders within.

The image depicts an entire Mycoplasma bacterium: from yellow strands of DNA to pink ribosomes and fuzzy green carbohydrate chains, all the elements necessary to make a living, reproducing organism. Artist and scientist David Goodsell uses watercolor to beautifully illustrate the unseen complexities of microscopic biological machinery. His work uses information from atomic structure analysis, electron microscopy, and biochemical analysis to make these illustrations as accurate as possible.

Credit: Illustration by David S. Goodsell, The Scripps Research Institute. doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-011

The puzzle contains 3 science themed whimsy pieces: a brain, a microscope and DNA

  • Contains 134 pieces, 7.75" round
  • Digitally painted on 4mm maple plywood
  • Laser cut in Palenville, NY

made with math, science, + lasers
Our plywood puzzles combine the artistry of classic jigsaws with the possibilities of new technology. We use custom software inspired by natural patterns to grow the intertwining shapes of the puzzle pieces. The organic forms are cut from plywood by a laser, resulting in a uniquely challenging puzzle crafted from premium materials.

Check our other Goodsell puzzle of a Neuron cross-section

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