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- Become familiar with the germ theory of disease.
- Explain how antibiotics and vaccines work.
- Describe the similarities and differences between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells.
- Discuss the characteristics of Archaea.
- Learn the distinguishing features of bacteria.
- Describe the characteristics of cyanobacteria.
- Explain the features that set protozoa apart from other microbes.
- Become familiar with the distinguishing characteristics of algae.
- List the characteristics of fungi.
1. The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur
In this lesson, we will look at one of the most influential experiments in the field of microbiology. We will learn how Louis Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation which helped lead to the development of the germ theory of disease.
2. Antibiotics and Vaccines
Do you know why children must get regularly vaccinated? Have you ever wondered how an antibiotic works and why they are so widely prescribed? If so, this lesson will help you to understand how changes in medicine have almost eliminated several deadly diseases and added decades to the average person's lifespan.
3. Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells: Similarities and Differences
In this lesson, we discuss the similarities and differences between the eukaryotic cells of your body and prokaryotic cells such as bacteria. Eukaryotes organize different functions within specialized membrane-bound compartments called organelles. These structures do not exist in prokaryotes.
4. Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples
There is an entire domain of life that is made up of single-celled organisms without nuclei. We're not referring to the Bacteria domain, however. In this lesson, we will examine the main characteristics of the least commonly known domain, the Archaea.
5. What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
This lesson will introduce the Bacteria, a large and diverse group of microorganisms. We will examine several key characteristics, as well as a few commonly known examples of bacterial species.
6. Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species
Cyanobacteria are a phylum of Bacteria that produce oxygen during photosynthesis. This lesson will examine cyanobacteria and the role they played in establishing our oxygen-rich atmosphere.
7. What are Protozoa? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
Taxonomy is the realm of science that attempts to group similar organisms together, which is not always an easy task. In this lesson, we will examine the protozoa, a diverse group of organisms that didn't really fit anywhere else.
8. What is Algae? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
Plants are not the only organisms capable of carrying out photosynthesis. In this lesson we will look at algae and how an algal species can be differentiated from other organisms and microbes.
9. What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics
In this lesson, we will examine the group of organisms known as the fungi. This group includes the familiar organisms mushrooms, yeasts and molds. We will look at several major characteristics of fungi, as well as a few disease-causing fungi.
10. Diatoms: Definition, Characteristics & Types
Diatoms are a large group of single-celled algae that are encased in a silica cell wall. They are a very diverse group and are known for their interesting physical structure.
11. Pseudopods: Definition & Function
Extensions of your body that can change shape and help you catch food - sounds mysterious, doesn't it? In this lesson, you will learn about pseudopods, which help tiny critters called protozoa move and capture food.
12. What Are Algae Blooms? - Definition & Examples
You may have heard of algae blooms and red tides, but what exactly are they? Algae blooms develop from excess nutrient runoff into aquatic systems, and this nutrient imbalance can cause a variety of issues.
13. What is a Parasite? - Definition, Types & Examples
You've heard people describe others as 'parasites,' but in this lesson, we'll take a look at parasites from a biological perspective. What is a parasite? What do they do? What are examples of parasites? How do they impact humans? Read on to learn the answers.
14. What is Microbiology? - Definition & History
Everywhere you look, even though you can't see them, there is a hidden world of microorganisms. Microbiology is the study of this hidden world of organisms that affect our health, help make our food, and influence our environment.
15. What is Salmonella?
We're going to examine salmonella and how we get salmonella infections. Learn how to prevent salmonella infections as well. Take the short quiz that follows to test your understanding on this topic.
16. Vibrio cholerae: Symptoms, Treatment and Morphology
The deadly disease cholera is endemic in parts of Asia and Latin America and often follows in the aftermath of natural disasters. In this lesson we will learn more about this horrific disease and the culprit behind the disease.
17. Vibrio Vulnificus Infection: Symptoms & Treatment
Have you ever wondered why you shouldn't eat raw seafood, or why sometimes beaches close in the summer? In this lesson, you will learn about one bacteria that could be responsible for both.
18. What Is PPD? - Definition, Symptoms & Testing
In this lesson, you'll learn about the PPD test. You'll also learn what it stands for, how it works, how it's interpreted, and how it can tell whether someone may have been infected with tuberculosis.
19. Definitive & Accidental Hosts in Parasitic Life Cycles
Many parasites need a host at some point in their life cycle. In this lesson, we'll discuss how parasites utilize two different types of hosts: definitive hosts and accidental hosts.
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