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Microbiology in Health Science - Chapter Summary
Through these lessons, our professional instructors will help you study what we know about microbiology and how we know it. In them, you will learn about bacteria, viruses and fungi, and how they are related to health. These lessons were not only composed by our professional instructors, but they are also short, engaging and mobile-device-compatible so that you may have a effective and convenient review of:
- The definition and history of microbiology
- Microbes and how they affect the lives of larger beings
- Characteristics of common species of bacteria
- Viruses and what they are composed of
- Different types of fungi and their characteristics
- Tools used to study microbes
- How microbiologists grow bacteria
- Microbiology and media techniques
- The different ways in which microorganisms reproduce
After you've completed each lesson, be sure to test your understanding of the material presented in it by completing the lesson's quiz. The results of these short assessments will help you identify topics you may want to explore further. Once you've completed the lessons and quizzes of the chapter, and have had a chance to re-review several topics, complete practice chapter exam to measure your overall understanding.
1. 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.
2. What Are Microbes? - Definition, Types & Uses
Microbes are the tiny microorganisms that inhabit the world with us, around us, and even in us. Learn more about how these microscopic beings affect our lives.
3. 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.
4. Bacterial Cell Morphology and Classification: Definition, Shapes & Arrangements
Do all bacteria look the same? Definitely not! These tiny, singled-celled organisms come in a variety of morphologies, from cocci to spirals to tetrads. Many bacterial names even have clues to their morphology!
5. What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function
In this lesson, you'll learn some historical facts about viruses and the material they are composed of. Find out more as we review the capsid, nucleic acids, the viral envelope, viruses, virions, bacteriophages and virology.
6. 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.
7. How to Preserve, Stain & Mount Microscope Specimens
Microscopes are incredible tools for observing the tiniest of organisms. Here we will identify the types of slides that can be made and describe how to best preserve, stain, and mount specimens. At the end, you can test yourself with a brief quiz.
8. Growing Bacteria in a Lab: Experiments & Conditions
Despite the fact that bacteria are growing all around you, they can be surprisingly difficult to grow in a lab. This lesson will explore some of the basics involved in culturing bacteria for experimentation.
9. Differential & Selective Media in Microbiology
Every microbiologist eventually has to grow cultures of bacteria for their experiments. In this lesson, we will investigate selective and differential media, two techniques to make culturing bacterial species a little more efficient.
10. Reproduction of Microorganisms
This lesson will discuss the ways different types of microorganisms reproduce. We'll discuss binary fission, and budding and sexual reproduction in some parasites. We'll also look at the requirements for these processes to occur.
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