Introduction to Microbiology
A. Why does it matter?
- Microbes in Health & Disease: Case study #1
- pathogens and disease transmission
B. What did our ancestors know? In what way can we relate to this today?
- All all microbes good? Bad?
- What role do microbes play in our world?
- Hippocrates, Thucydides and Varro
- About Linnaeus, Pasteur, Koch, Woese: why does it matter?
- Naming microbes: Genus-species (binomial) system
- Same species/different strain
C. What are microbes? Where do we find them?
- Where we find microbes: hands-on activity
- Types of Microbes
- Non-living (acellular) microbes
D. Methods that Microbiologists use
- Microscopy: size of microbes
- Culturing: growing bacteria
- Aseptic technique & sterilization
E. Microbiology in the modern era
- Dr. Harold Amos first African-American department chair at Harvard;
broad line of work on virology, bacterial metabolism and nutrition
- Dr. Carl Woese (U. Illinois) worked with 16S rRNA and proposed division
of all life into 3 domains, including the Archaea
- Drs. Barry Marchall and Robin Warren (Australia): Nobel prize winners
for discovery of bacterial cause of stomach ulcers
- Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Stewart: Mexican-American scientist whose early
ideas and research demonstrated link between viruses and cancer
- Dr. Fan Qingsheng:
A microbe-centric view of agricultural microbes and their roles in the broad
systems agriculture framework in China
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