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.
- Concepts: •There are good microbes and bad microbes in our bodies. •Microbes are usually single-celled organisms that include bacteria and viruses. •Broad spectrum antibiotics harm good bacteria and bad bacteria in the body. •Antibiotics cannot destroy viral infections but doctors often prescribe antibiotics anyway. •The widespread use of antibiotics has resulted in the emergence of resistant bacteria that cannot be destroyed by common antibiotics.
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