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Anthrax Attacks
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This Science NetLinks lesson focuses on the bacterial disease known as Anthrax. Anthrax has always been identified as a disease that infects cattle, but there are known cases of people contracting this disease directly from handling infected cattle. In this online lesson the students will research the disease and its impact on human health.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
05/06/2006
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria At the Meat Counter
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The pork chops you buy in the supermarket neatly packaged in plastic and styrofoam may look completely sterile, but are, in fact, likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria - and not with just any old bugs, but with hard-to-treat, antibiotic resistant strains. In a recently published study, researchers with the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System bought meat from a wide sampling of chain grocery stores across the country and analyzed the bacteria on the meat. Resistant microbes were found in 81% of ground turkey samples, 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef samples, and 39% of chicken parts.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Center For Science Education
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Provider Set:
Understanding Evolution
Date Added:
05/01/2013
Antiobiotic Resistance
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In the explorable explanation players can learn how antibiotic resistance happens. They can interact with bacteria in this simulation to learn how when living things reproduce, there is a small amount of variance in their offspring. This allows organisms to respond to changes in their environment over several generations. Applied to bacteria, when they treated with antibiotics, only the strongest survive and multiply, creating an increasing resilient population.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
The Yard Games
Date Added:
08/04/2016
Bacteria Are Everywhere!
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Students are introduced to the concept of engineering biological organisms and studying their growth to be able to identify periods of fast and slow growth. They learn that bacteria are found everywhere, including on the surfaces of our hands. Student groups study three different conditions under which bacteria are found and compare the growth of the individual bacteria from each source. In addition to monitoring the quantity of bacteria from differ conditions, they record the growth of bacteria over time, which is an excellent tool to study binary fission and the reproduction of unicellular organisms.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Biology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Jasmin Hume
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Bacteria Ballistics
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On August 7, 1996, a chunk of rock made front-page news. It was a meteorite from Mars that was believed to contain fossils of one-celled life forms. Although that particular claim is still the subject of much debate, scientists are still intrigued by the possibility that microbes from Mars may have once seeded the Earth. In this Science Update, you'll hear about an unusual experiment that could help provide the answer.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
09/16/2007
Bacteria Basics : Microbiology Basics
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In this new video we look at the basics of bacteria. We look at their classifications, sizes, shapes and how they reproduce. This video is intended to be a primer on bacteria. We will go into more details as we progress in this series.
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Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Mr. Ford's Class
Author:
Scott Ford
Date Added:
12/06/2014
Bacteria Culture Club
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Yogurt is the byproduct of hungry bacteria that digest the lactose in milk. You can make more yogurt just by feeding the bacteria more milk.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Provider Set:
Science Snacks
Date Added:
11/20/2017
Bacteria Growth Inquiry: Bodily Bacteria and Healthy Hygiene Habits
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In this inquiry activity, students generate investigable questions to explore the link between hygiene/cleanliness and bacteria growth/population. The students will present their conclusions, and video clips containing additional information will be discussed.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Krista Keller
Date Added:
08/16/2012
Bacteria Puzzle
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Try your hand at assembling the following bacteria jigsaw puzzle created with a Streptococcus image from CELLS alive! This puzzle is 32 pieces and generally takes a few minutes to solve.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/06/2010
Bacteria Transformation
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Students construct paper recombinant plasmids to simulate the methods genetic engineers use to create modified bacteria. They learn what role enzymes, DNA and genes play in the modification of organisms. For the particular model they work on, they isolate a mammal insulin gene and combine it with a bacteria's gene sequence (plasmid DNA) for production of the protein insulin.

Subject:
Engineering
Genetics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Kimberly Anderson
Matthew Zelisko
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Bacteria and Chronic Infections -  Adaptation and Evolution of Bacteria (09:35)
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In this presentation, we talk about adaptation and evolution of bacteria. Furthermore, we will discuss how you can work with or against evolution, regarding the treatment of bacteria and biofilms.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Author:
Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Bacteria and Chronic Infections -  Bacteria and Biofilms are Everywhere (02:57)
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This presentation introduces bacteria and biofilms. Where do we find bacteria? Is it possible to live without bacteria? Should we be scared of bacteria?

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Author:
Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Bacteria and Chronic Infections -  Diagnosis in Clinical Practice (06:03)
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In this presentation, we will talk about diagnosis of bacteria and chronic infections in clinical practices. We will discuss why we need to diagnose bacteria in infections and what the biggest challenges are in diagnosing bacterial and chronic infections. Finally, we will discuss what the future will bring, regarding bacteria and diagnosis.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Author:
Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Bacteria and Chronic Infections -  Planktonic and Biofilm Growing Bacteria with Niels Høiby and Thomas Bjarnsholt (08:20)
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In this presentation, we will talk about bacteria, and the two life forms planktonic and biofilm growing bacteria. In continuation of this we will explain the difference between planktonic and biofilm growing bacteria.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Author:
Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Bacteria and Chronic Infections -  Skin Microbiology (09:35)
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The aim of this presentation is to expand the student knowledge about skin microbiology. The main skin microbes are bacteria, viruses and fungi, which normally are friendly without causing harms. However, the skin flora is constantly challenges by our every-day life activities.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Author:
bacteria
biofilm
fungi
Nordic BCI
skin microbiology
viruses
Date Added:
11/02/2018
Bacterial Batteries
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Bacteria get a bad rap for causing disease, but many of these organisms are beneficial. Without them, we wouldn't be able to digest our food, and garbage would never decompose. Now, one group of scientists has found another way to put bacteria to work. They have developed a fuel cell that can convert organic material into electricity.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
09/16/2007
Bacterial Growth
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Dr. Brett Finlay shows how bacteria can grow rapidly to incredible numbers, and also explains what limits this explosive growth. This resource would be great preparation material for a classroom discussion or video presentation for both the students and the teacher. This visual helps further broaden the knowledge of students in both the upper high school and college undergraduate on bacterial growth. The lecture is featured on the DVD 2000 and Beyond: Confronting the Microbe Menace, available free from HHMI. The video is 54 seconds long and available on WMV (10MB) and MOV (8MB). All Infection Disease videos can be found at http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/video.html .

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
03/28/2011
Bio 235_ Intro to Microbiology_ Fall 2019
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This is a Introduction to microbiology course. The content of this module is syllabus as well as powerpoint slides presentation, using OpenStax Microbiology textbook. Content uploaded by Joanna Gray. All content created by            Jaleh E. Jalili

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Joanna Gray
Date Added:
08/26/2019
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Biology: Bacteria
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This 18-minute video lesson provides an introduction to bacteria. [Biology playlist: Lesson 18 of 71].

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
Salman Khan
Date Added:
05/18/2012
Biology, Biological Diversity, Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea, Bacterial Diseases in Humans
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify bacterial diseases that caused historically important plagues and epidemicsDescribe the link between biofilms and foodborne diseasesExplain how overuse of antibiotic may be creating “super bugs”Explain the importance of MRSA with respect to the problems of antibiotic resistance

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biology, Biological Diversity, Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea, Beneficial Prokaryotes
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain the need for nitrogen fixation and how it is accomplishedIdentify foods in which prokaryotes are used in the processingDescribe the use of prokaryotes in bioremediationDescribe the beneficial effects of bacteria that colonize our skin and digestive tracts

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biology, Biological Diversity, Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea, Prokaryotic Diversity
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Describe the evolutionary history of prokaryotesDiscuss the distinguishing features of extremophilesExplain why it is difficult to culture prokaryotes

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biology, Biological Diversity, Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea, Prokaryotic Metabolism
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Identify the macronutrients needed by prokaryotes, and explain their importanceDescribe the ways in which prokaryotes get energy and carbon for life processesDescribe the roles of prokaryotes in the carbon and nitrogen cycles

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biology, Biological Diversity, Prokaryotes: Bacteria and Archaea, Structure of Prokaryotes
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Describe the basic structure of a typical prokaryoteDescribe important differences in structure between Archaea and Bacteria

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biology, Preface to Biology, Preface to Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
Biosensors for Food Safety
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How can you tell if harmful bacteria are in your food or water that might make you sick? What you eat or drink can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins—pathogens that can be harmful or even fatal. Students learn which contaminants have the greatest health risks and how they enter the food supply. While food supply contaminants can be identified from cultures grown in labs, bioengineers are creating technologies to make the detection of contaminated food quicker, easier and more effective.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Evangelyn Alocilja
Hannah Miller
Lisa Wininger
Date Added:
02/17/2017
Cheek Cells and Bacteria
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Dr. Brett Finlay enlists a student volunteer to show the surprisingly high amount of bacteria found in his own mouth. This resource is also featured on the DVD 2000 and Beyond: Confronting the Microbe Menace, available free from HHMI. This video is one minute and 27 seconds in length, and available in MOV (8 MB) and WMV (12 MB). All Infectious Disease videos are located at: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/video.html.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Author:
Dr. Brett Finlay
Date Added:
03/28/2011
Clean it Up!
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Students learn about a special branch of engineering called bioremediation, which is the use of living organisms to aid in the clean-up of pollutant spills. Students learn all about bioremediation and see examples of its importance. In the associated activity, students conduct an experiment and see bioremediation in action!

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Karen King
Katherine Beggs
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Concepts of Biology by Rice University Textbook Resources for Biology II
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This includes materials to be used for a General Biology II course (or Introduction to Biology II course) for non-science majors.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Module
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Amanda Brammer
Date Added:
08/09/2019
Dirty Decomposers
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Students design and conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes. They use chunks of carrots for the materials to be decomposed, and their experiments are carried out in plastic bags filled with dirt. Every few days students remove the carrots from the dirt and weigh them. Depending on the experimental conditions, after a few weeks most of the carrots will have decomposed completely.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
09/18/2014
The Discovery of Penicillin
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This video segment adapted from A Science Odyssey tells the story of researcher Sir Alexander Fleming, whose luck and scientific reasoning led to the groundbreaking discovery of penicillin.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2008
The Ecology of Your Skin 1: Bacteria that Live on the Skin
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The Ecology of Your Skin 1: Bacteria that Live on the Skin, students explore the concept of interdependence of life in the context of our relationship with bacteria. To do this, students explore the physical parameters of the body and how those affect the bacteria that live on the body.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
07/29/2012
The Ecology of Your Skin 2: The Microbial World Is an Olfactory World
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The Microbial World is an Olfactory World is a resource that introduces students to the olfactory world of our bacterial symbionts. Students examine some ideas about the purposes of body odors and create some hypotheses themselves. What we want to emphasize is not so much the structure, but the fact that bacteria, like all cells, carry out basic functions and the effects of those functions on us (i.e., body odor).

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
08/23/2012
The Ecology of Your Skin 3: The Body Food Connection
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In The Ecology of Your Skin 3: The Body Food Connection, students perform an exploration of bacteria in milk to see how they can get cheese-like results from body bacteria. This is extended to explorations and discussions on traditional and ethnic cuisines and the importance of bacteria in creating the distinctive aromas and flavors.

Subject:
Ecology
Nutrition
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
08/27/2012
Fighting Back! (Lesson)
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This lesson describes the major components and functions of the immune system and the role of engineers in keeping the body healthy (e.g., vaccinations and antibiotics, among other things). This lesson also discusses how an astronaut's immune system is suppressed during spaceflight due to stress and other environmental factors.

Subject:
Engineering
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denali Lander
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Teresa Ellis
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Garden Science: CHNOPS
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In this 8th grade science lesson, students review the six essential elements of life and discuss how they function in the garden.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
03/16/2020
Gender-Biased Bacteria Throw off an Evolutionary Balance
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This month, biologists reported that a bacterial infection has run rampant in populations of a major crop pest in the Southwest. The bacterium (called Rickettsia) is a close relative of the species that causes typhus in humans. Its host is the sweet potato whitefly, a tiny bug that can occur in large enough numbers to form visible clouds. Whiteflies suck the sap from plants and spread crop diseases, causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage in a single season. In just a few years, the percentage of southwestern whiteflies infected with Rickettsia has skyrocketed from 1% to more than 90%. Unfortunately, this is not the boon for local farmers that it might seem.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
National Center For Science Education
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Provider Set:
Understanding Evolution
Date Added:
04/01/2011
Gene Machine: The Lac Operon
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Build a gene network! The lac operon is a set of genes which are responsible for the metabolism of lactose in some bacterial cells. Explore the effects of mutations within the lac operon by adding or removing genes from the DNA.

Subject:
Genetics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
George Spiegelman
Jared Taylor
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
Date Added:
05/01/2010
Gene Machine: The Lac Operon (AR)
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Build a gene network! The lac operon is a set of genes which are responsible for the metabolism of lactose in some bacterial cells. Explore the effects of mutations within the lac operon by adding or removing genes from the DNA.

Subject:
Genetics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
George Speigelman
Jared Taylor
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
Date Added:
05/01/2010
General Microbiology
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Welcome to the wonderful world of microbiology! Yay! So. What is microbiology? If we break the word down it translates to “the study of small life,” where the small life refers to microorganisms or microbes. But who are the microbes? And how small are they?

Generally microbes can be divided into two categories: the cellular microbes (or organisms) and the acellular microbes (or agents). In the cellular camp we have the bacteria, the archaea, the fungi, and the protists (a bit of a grab bag composed of algae, protozoa, slime molds, and water molds). Cellular microbes can be either unicellular, where one cell is the entire organism, or multicellular, where hundreds, thousands or even billions of cells can make up the entire organism. In the acellular camp we have the viruses and other infectious agents, such as prions and viroids.

In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Oregon State University
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Germs and the Body
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This Science NetLinks lesson explores germs, where they exist, and how they can affect the body. It also addresses a common misconception that students of all ages may have - that factors important to health are beyond their personal control. In studying bacteria, students will also learn preventative measures they can take to stay healthy.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
Provider Set:
Science Netlinks
Date Added:
08/02/2006
Gravity-Fed Water System for Developing Communities
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Students learn about water poverty and how water engineers can develop appropriate solutions to a problem that is plaguing nearly a sixth of the world's population. Students follow the engineering design process to design a gravity-fed water system. They choose between different system parameters such as pipe sizes, elevation differentials between entry and exit pipes, pipe lengths and tube locations to find a design that provides the maximum flow and minimum water turbidity (cloudiness) at the point of use. In this activity, students play the role of water engineers by designing and building model gravity-fed water systems, learning the key elements necessary for viable projects that help improve the lives people in developing communities.

Subject:
Engineering
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Janet Yowell
Jeff Walters
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
How Antibiotics Work
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Students are introduced to a challenge question. Towards answering the question, they generate ideas for what they need to know about medicines and how they move through our bodies, watch a few short videos to gain multiple perspectives, and then learn lecture material to obtain a basic understanding of how antibiotics kill bacteria in the human body. They learn why different forms of medicine (pill, liquid or shot) get into the blood stream at different speeds.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Michelle Woods
Date Added:
09/18/2014
How Caves Form
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This interactive activity from NOVA Online shows four different ways in which caves are formed: by rainwater, waves, lava, and bacteria.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/21/2005
How Fast Can a Carrot Rot?
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Students conduct experiments to determine what environmental factors favor decomposition by soil microbes. They use chunks of carrots for the materials to be decomposed, and their experiments are carried out in plastic bags filled with dirt. Every few days students remove the carrots from the dirt and weigh them. Depending on the experimental conditions, after a few weeks most of the carrots have decomposed completely.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Innate Immunity to Bacteria
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The innate response to bacterial infection lies in its first-response role of detection of a foreign organism. By using the tools of Pattern-Recognition Receptors (PRRs), the innate response flags up problems while the adaptive response gets itself organized.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
WikiVet
Provider Set:
Blood
Date Added:
02/11/2015
An Introduction to Global Health - Infectious Diarrheal Diseases (12:51)
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This presentation provides an introduction to diarrheal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other disease causing agents or pathogens. Furthermore, we’ll look at the range of syndromes associated with diarrhea and uncover two significant pathogens: rotavirus and vibrio cholera. Finally, we’ll delve into methods for managing diarrheal diseases and the significance of sanitation in preventing diarrheal diseases.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Copenhagen
Provider Set:
An Introduction to Global Health
Author:
Infectious Disease Researcher Suhella Tulsiani
Date Added:
01/07/2014
Life Science
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This unit covers the processes of photosynthesis, extinction, biomimicry and bioremediation. In the first lesson on photosynthesis, students learn how engineers use the natural process of photosynthesis as an exemplary model of a complex yet efficient process for converting solar energy to chemical energy or distributing water throughout a system. In the next lesson on species extinction, students learn that it is happening at an alarming rate. Students discover that the destruction of habitat is the main reason many species are threatened and how engineers are trying to stop this habitat destruction. The third lesson introduces students to the idea of biomimicry or looking to nature for engineering ideas. And, in the fourth and final lesson, students learn about a specialty branch of engineering called bioremediation the use of living organisms to aid in the clean up of pollutant spills.

Subject:
Engineering
Botany
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Life Size
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In this activity on page 1 of the PDF, learners compare the relative sizes of biological objects (like DNA and bacteria) that can't be seen by the naked eye. Learners will be surprised to discover the range of sizes in the microscopic world. This activity can be followed up with a second activity, "What's in a microbe?", located on page 3 in the same resource.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Exploratorium
Author:
Julie Yu
National Science Foundation
The Exploratorium
Date Added:
11/07/2006
Listeria Infection Demonstration
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Dr. Finlay and a student volunteer show how Listeria infects a cell, using a marble and some yellow gelatin. Also featured on the DVD 2000 and Beyond: Confronting the Microbe Menace, available free from HHMI. This video is one minute and 4 seconds in length, and available in MOV (7 MB) and WMV (10 MB). All Infectious Disease videos are located at: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/video.html.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Author:
Dr. Brett Finlay
Date Added:
03/28/2011
Mangrove Forests
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Where the tropical ocean meets the sea, a peculiar kind of plant thrives in shallow, salty water. These mangrove plants are incredibly important for shoreline protection and baby fish habitats. In this video, Jonathan investigates life in mangroves by visiting both Caribbean and Pacific mangroves. Please see the accompanying study guide for educational objectives and discussion points.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
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Jonathan Bird's Blue World
Author:
Jonathan Bird Productions
Oceanic Research Group
Date Added:
05/05/2010
Microbes 1: What's Bugging You?
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This lesson, from Science NetLinks, is the first in a series of lessons on microorganisms. This lesson demonstrates that some "bad" microorganisms can get into the body through food ingestion and how some environments support pathogens. This lesson is intended to build on a basic understanding of microbes.

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Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson Plan
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
05/29/2006
Microbes 2: Louis Pasteur--A Mircobe Discoverer
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This lesson, from Science NetLinks, is the second in a series on microorganisms. This lesson focuses on Pasteur, his discovery of microorganisms, and the process of pasteurization.

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Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Date Added:
05/26/2006
Microbiology
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This course will cover a range of diverse areas of microbiology, including virology, bacteriology, and even applied microbiology. This course will focus on the medical aspects of microbiology, as medical research has been the primary motivator in microbiology research. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: explain how organisms are classified using taxonomy, focusing on the domains Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya; describe the chemical building blocks and metabolic processes important to sustain microbial life; identify the major principles of microbiology and describe the relationship between microbes and other living organisms; discuss pathogenic microbes and their epidemiology; differentiate between microorganisms based on their shape, size, arrangement, staining, and culture characteristics; outline antimicrobial methods including antibiotic use; explain how the human body protects itself; list uses for microbiology in food and beverage preparation and industry. (Biology 307)

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Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
11/16/2011
Microbiology
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In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

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Biology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Open Oregon State
Author:
Linda Bruslind
Date Added:
12/03/2019
Microbiology Techniques
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Introducing a range of microbiological techniques including aseptic technique, how to inoculate flasks for experiments, use of API strips to identify bacteria. Other instructional resources include a video on using a portable autoclave for laboratory classes and Gram staining.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
De Montfort University
Date Added:
02/26/2016
Microbiology and Mycology
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This Module is a study of organisms that cannot be seen with the unaided eye unless with the help of a microscope. They are referred to as microorganisms. More commonly they are called microbes. These are bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. Although viruses are strictly not organisms, they too will be discussed under the same title for convenience. Mycology which is the study of fungi includes some groups like the mushrooms with macroscopic fruiting structures, which appear seasonally above the ground. The study of microbes is called microbiology. The module starts with the history of microbiology; the discovery of microbes and the development of sterile culture techniques, and goes on to explore the diversity of microbes, their major biological characteristics and economic importance. Examples of laboratory exercises meant to familiarise the students with microbiological techniques such as, media preparation, isolation, identification, culture maintenance, growth measurements, staining techniques and preservation are presented wherever applicable.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
African Virtual University
Provider Set:
OER@AVU
Author:
Jassiel Nyengani Zulu
Date Added:
02/27/2018
Mycetoma
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Mycetoma is a serious and debilitating condition that meets all of the criteria we ordinarily attribute to a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Classically, it is a destructive fungal or bacterial infection of the foot (although other body parts can be affected) that results in disfigurement and social stigma. It overwhelmingly occurs in impoverished areas of a “mycetoma belt” that extends across the globe, roughly between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, with most of the cases reported from India, Mexico, Sudan, several countries in Africa’s Sahel (including Chad, Mali, and Mauritania), and Somalia and Yemen.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Data Set
Primary Source
Provider:
Public Library of Science
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Medicine and Health Sciences
Date Added:
04/07/2016
Natural Selection and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
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In this problem-based learning module, students will examine how natural selection is involved in the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  They will evaluate methods to preventing antibiotic resistant bacteria from developing.  Finally students will synthesize a plan to educate community members on preventing the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
01/18/2018
Ninja Kitchen
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Speed is important, but in this kitchen, safety comes first. Ninja Kitchen is an educational food safety game that helps learners internalize strategies for avoiding cross-contamination, cooking meat to the proper temperature, and keeping foods cold to prevent microbial growth. In early levels, contamination is visible as a green film on food or plates. In later levels it becomes invisible, and players use strategies learned in earlier levels to keep their customers safe. The Ninja Kitchen project aimed to address youth food-handling responsibilities and to help overcome obstacles they encounter in practicing food safety, such as limited knowledge of foodborne disease and preventative behaviors, psychosocial factors (i.e., attitudes, locus of control, self-efficacy), and their existing habits in handling food. A study with ~400 middle schoolers, conducted by Rutgers researchers, indicated Ninja Kitchen was effective in improving food safety knowledge, attitudes and intentions.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Education
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
Learning Games Lab
Author:
NMSU Learning Games Lab
Date Added:
07/15/2015
Nitrogen Cycle Game
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The nitrogen cycle game helps you learn how nitrogen atoms move through various forms including soil, the atmosphere, plants and animals. Actions such as lightening, bacteria digestion, plant assimilation, plant death, animal death, herbivorism and nitrogen fixing plant bacteria move nitrogen from one form to another.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Simulation
Provider:
University of Wisconsin
Provider Set:
The Yard Games
Date Added:
08/04/2016
PBL Lesson Plan - Germs, Bacteria, and Communicable Diseases
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This lesson plan is a Problem-Based Learning Lesson Plan, which means that the students will work together in groups to complete portions of the lesson. There are also portions of the lesson that require individual work, but they always share their findings with their classmates, whether in person or online.

This lesson is about germs, bacteria, and communicable diseases. The students will learn about germs and how to prevent the spread of germs. They will also learn how germs and bacteria cause communicable diseases. The students will participate in several activities, and they should have a solid grasp of the subjects by the time they complete the culminating, or final, activity.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Elementary Education
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Game
Interactive
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Reading
Author:
Tiana Davis
Date Added:
04/23/2019
Penicillin Acting on Bacteria
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Penicillin, as shown in this video, causes the cell walls of bacteria to rupture. This video is also featured on the DVD 2000 and Beyond: Confronting the Microbe Menace, available free from HHMI. This video is 33 seconds in length, and available in MOV (0.8 MB) and WMV (1 MB). All Infectious Disease videos are located at: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/disease/video.html.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
03/29/2010
Perspectives on Ocean Science: Marine Microorganisms - The Antibiotic Era Revisited
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Join Scripps Institution's Bill Fenical and learn how recent discoveries of antibiotic-producing Bacteria in the deep oceans suggest that the last remaining resource for new Antimicrobial drugs may well be the microorganisms that inhabit the oceans. (56 minutes)

Subject:
Biology
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. San Diego
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
06/12/2007
Plant, Animal and Bacteria Cell Models
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Living cells are divided into two types - procaryotic and eucaryotic. This division is based on internal complexity. This website will provide you with graphic roadmaps to the organization of both of these cell types.

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Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Date Added:
11/06/2010
The Plastisphere: Plastic Migration and Its Impacts
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Students are introduced to the growing worldwide environmental problems that stem from plastic waste. What they learn about microplastics and the typical components of the U.S. water treatment process prepares them to conduct three engaging associated activities. During the lesson, students become more aware of the pervasiveness and value of plastic as well as the downstream pollution and health dangers. They learn how plastic materials don’t go away, but become microplastic pollution that accumulates in water resources as well as human and other animal bodies. They examine their own plastic use, focusing on what they discard daily, and think about better ways to produce or package those items to eliminate or reduce their likelihood of ending up as microplastic pollution. A concluding writing assignment reveals their depth of comprehension. The lesson is enhanced by arranging for a local water treatment plant representative to visit the class for Qs and As. In three associated activities, students design/test microplastic particle filtering methods for commercial products, create mini wastewater treatment plant working models that remove waste and reclaim resources from simulated wastewater, and design experiments to identify the impact of microplastics on micro-invertebrates.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
Lessons
Author:
David Bennett
Sara Hettenbach
William Welch
Date Added:
06/01/2018
Produce Safety Matters
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Growers, packing centers, and retailers rely on one another to prevent contamination and keep consumers safe. Four animations illustrate how contamination can spread from field to table and suggest ways to avoid this. Applicable to various tree and ground fruits including cantaloupe, cucumbers, and strawberries, the animations follow the lifespan of an imaginary "purple fruit," highlighting danger points at each stage of the process and suggesting best practices for keeping produce free from contamination. Although the animations are brief, they include "Pause Points" (recommended spots to pause the video) where a presenter can discuss, distribute additional materials or reinforce learning during a training.

Subject:
Applied Science
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Learning Games Lab
Author:
NMSU Learning Games Lab
Date Added:
07/15/2015
ProteoCool
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I ProteoCool is a an open source with simple but Cool Protocols for newbies in the field of molecular biology and protein chemistry.

Subject:
Biology
Genetics
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Manuele Martinelli
Date Added:
10/04/2019