Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Microbes: Unseen Wonders!

We are watching a part of a NOVA video called Intimate Strangers about antibiotic resistance.

Use these video review questions to help you focus on the major ideas.  Enjoy the animations!

Microbes: Creators of the Future

Unseen Wonders
  1. Microbes total weight is more than all ________ and _________combined.  Microbes are protozoans, fungi, _______ and ________.
  2. Where do they live?
Resistance Fighters

  1. What part of bacterial cells are weakened by penicillin?
  2. Why do mutations (random genetic _______) affect bacteria so quickly?
  3. What does the helmet represent on the spherical blue bacterium cartoon?
  4. How does antibiotic use actually help bacteria become better able to survive in the long run?
  5. What percentage of microbes can survive in a laboratory setting?
  6. What is a plasmid?
  7. What is the significance of the “zone of clearing” around the paper dots soaked with antibiotics?
  8. From where do we get antibiotic medicines?  Explain how they are produced.

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