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Between the Living and the Dead
Kari A. Mergenhagen
As Jen pores over her introductory biology textbook, she falls asleep and enters a nightmarish world in which bacteria and viruses dwarf human beings. This engagingly written case explores the differences between viruses and bacteria while teaching about the basic components and “life” cycle of a T-even bacteriophage. The case includes a follow-up assignment in which students explore the risks and potential benefits of using bacteriophage to control bacterial disease. The case is appropriate for general biology and microbiology college courses as well as AP biology high school classes.
|Keywords:||Bacteriophage; virus; bacterium; bacteria; T-even bacteriophage; phage; virion; infectious disease; antibiotic resistant; antibiotic resistance|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Type/Method:||Discussion, Student Presentations|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Microbiology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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