The battle for supremacy between bacteria and antibiotics normally goes unseen, either behind closed doors in the laboratory or concealed deep within the human body.
But now that complex contest is being translated into music thanks to a performance in which the worlds of art and science will combine to striking effect.
Artibiotics is the brainchild of Professor Eduardo Miranda, Director of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which takes place at the University of Plymouth from March 2-4, 2018.
In it bacteria and antibiotics are presented as sound, and the performance will chart their quest to respectively damage and defend the DNA of their host.
The project was commissioned by research company Biofaction and Professor Miranda spent a period as artist in residence of the Synpeptide project, working alongside scientists at the Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene in Regensburg, Germany.
A €7 million project funded by the European Commission, Synpeptide is an antibiotics project that seeks to find novel synthetic ways to help fight pathogenic strains with multiple resistance.