To avoid using antibiotics and harming your helpful bacterial residents, see how an engineered virus plays the part of nanomedicine sheriff to fight specific bacterial bandits during an infection. Participants assume the identities of good and bad bacteria of the body as well as the bacteriophage (called “phage” here forth) hero that helps to destroy the bad bacteria. The audience compares the bacteriophage leg molecules to the bacterial surface receptors to simulate the molecular recognition that promotes specific killing of bad bacteria by bacteriophage. The Facilitator narrates the process in order to guide the participants and explain the terminology and mechanism. Program Time: 15-20 minutes.
Nano TopicsBio and medicine
Audience7 and up
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