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  • Fecal Microbiota Transplants: The Ins and Outs of FMT

    Fecal Microbiota Transplants: The Ins and Outs of FMT

    Feature Films

    (7 min 21 sec) Poop. You flush it, and usually that’s the end of the story. But to scientists like Mark Smith, poop is more than just waste – it’s medicine.

  • Microbes from Mom — Vaginal Birth vs C-Section

    Microbes from Mom — Vaginal Birth vs C-Section

    Feature Films

    (9 min 13 sec) Do you remember your first birthday present? No? Good, because it’s gross.

  • Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Nature’s Cutest Symbiosis: The Bobtail Squid

    Feature Films

    (8 min 5 sec) The bobtail squid is an underwater delicacy for many predators, so the creature found a handy superpower to stay alive: Invisibility

  • Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System

    Maternal Microbiota Impacts Offspring Immune System

    Data Points

    In this study, scientists compared two populations of pregnant mice, one which was kept germ-free throughout pregnancy and the other which was exposed during pregnancy to a strain of E. coli to determine whether the immune systems of offspring begin to develop in utero. Worksheets also available in Spanish.

  • A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    Feature Films

    (9 min 10 sec) You don’t want to be a honeybee when the beewolf is on the prowl.

  • Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Feature Films

    (9 min 4 sec) Dengue fever is a deadly mosquito-borne virus that plagues the earth, but science is inching closer to an unlikely solution: bacteria.

  • Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days

    Superbugs That Resist Antibiotics Can Evolve in 11 Days

    Feature Films

    (8 min 50 sec) Antibiotics like penicillin have a critical role in medicine, but using them is not a decision to be taken lightly.

  • Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Feature Films

    (7 min 11 sec) The next time you spot a termite chomping down on wood, know that they’re not dining alone.

  • Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Activities

    In this activity, students will be exploring cases of Nipah virus (NiV) infection as an epidemiologist would, by collecting evidence and making calculations and predictions, based on scientific data.

  • How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 33 sec) When Dr. Manuel Leal removed lizards from an area in the forest, he noticed an interesting phenomenon: all the lizards seemed to be back the next day. Watch as he sets up an experiment to study how these lizards navigate home. Also available in Spanish.

  • Studying Elephant Communication

    Studying Elephant Communication

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 43 sec) Elephants can communicate over long distances using low-frequency sounds that travel both in the air and through the ground. Scientists are studying whether elephants can “hear” and interpret these ground vibrations.

  • Viral Lysis and Budding

    Viral Lysis and Budding

    Activities

    This activity outlines two demonstrations that model how enveloped and nonenveloped viruses are released from infected cells.

  • HIV Protease Inhibitors

    HIV Protease Inhibitors

    Activities

    This demonstration models how the HIV protease enzyme functions and how its activity is blocked by a class of anti-HIV drugs.

  • HIV Life Cycle Activities

    HIV Life Cycle Activities

    Collection

    A collection of activities and demonstrations focusing on various aspects of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) life cycle. They are designed to be completed individually or as part of the series...

  • Viral DNA Integration

    Viral DNA Integration

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students model how a double-stranded DNA copy of the HIV genome is integrated into the host cell DNA.

  • HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    HIV Reverse Transcription and AZT

    Activities

    Students model how the anti-HIV drug AZT (azidothymidine) interferes with the process of viral replication.

  • HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

    Activities

    This demonstration models the first step of the HIV life cycle: the binding of HIV envelope proteins to receptors on human helper T cells.

  • Bat Echolocation

    Bat Echolocation

    Data Points

    In this study, researchers tested whether bats change their behavior while hunting based on feedback from echolocation.

  • Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 29 sec) This video brings us to the front lines of the 2013–2015 Ebola outbreak in west Africa and explains how scientists monitored the evolution of the virus by analyzing its genome.

  • How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    How Animals Use Sound to Communicate

    Click & Learn

    Using elephants, finches, bats, and moths, as case studies, explore different aspects of how animals use sound to communicate.

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