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30-Minute Mozzarella Lab
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Students are able to turn milk into mozzarella cheese in one class ...

Students are able to turn milk into mozzarella cheese in one class period.  This is a great way to demonstrate lactic acid fermentation and the food making process- one of the original biotechnology examples!  Rennet can be purchased online, or you can talk to your local cheese plant to see if they will donate the small amount you will need.  Other ingredients are supplies can easily be purchased in your local grocery store.  

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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Amanda Levzow Seichter
Date Added:
06/28/2018
Chronic Infection and Inflammation: What are the Consequences on Your Health?, Fall 2007
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In this course we will explore the new emerging field of pathogen-induced ...

In this course we will explore the new emerging field of pathogen-induced chronic diseases. Work in this field has redefined the causes of some major disorders, such as ulcers. By reading the primary research literature we will learn about the molecular mechanisms through which pathogens cause disease. The diseases that we cover will be introduced with a short patient case study. We will discuss the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and gastric disease, HPV and cervical cancer, hepatitis C virus and liver disease, Epstein-Barr virus and lymphoma, Cytomegalovirus and atherosclerosis, as well as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. We will study technical advances in the fight against microbes and explore future directions for new treatment strategies of chronic infections and inflammation. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.

Subject:
Biology
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Frickel, Eva
Gredmark, Sara
Date Added:
01/01/2007
Composting Competition
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In a multi-week experiment, students monitor the core temperatures of two compost ...

In a multi-week experiment, students monitor the core temperatures of two compost piles, one control and one tended, to see how air and water affect microbial activity. They daily aerate and wet the "treated" pile and collect 4-6 weeks' worth of daily temperature readings. Once the experiment is concluded, students plot and analyze their data to compare the behavior of the two piles. They find that the treated pile becomes hotter, an indication that more microbes are active and releasing heat. Through this activity, students see that microbes play a role in composting and how composting can be used as a carbon management process.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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Author:
Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory,
Robert Bair, Ivy Drexler, Jorge Calabria, George Dick, Onur Ozcan, Matthew Woodham, Caryssa Joustra, Herby Jean, Emanuel Burch, Stephanie Quintero, Lyudmila Haralampieva, Daniel Yeh
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09/18/2014
Digest Your Food!
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In a multi-week experiment, student teams gather biogas data from the mini-anaerobic ...

In a multi-week experiment, student teams gather biogas data from the mini-anaerobic digesters that they build to break down different types of food waste with microbes. Using plastic soda bottles for the mini-anaerobic digesters and gas measurement devices, they compare methane gas production from decomposing hot dogs, diced vs. whole. They monitor and measure the gas production, then graph and analyze the collected data. Students learn how anaerobic digestion can be used to biorecycle waste (food, poop or yard waste) into valuable resources (nutrients, biogas, energy).

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory,
Robert Bair, Ivy Drexler, Jorge Calabria, George Dick, Onur Ozcan, Matthew Woodham, Caryssa Joustra, Herby Jean, Emanuel Burch, Stephanie Quintero, Lyudmila Haralampieva, Daniel Yeh
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Moving without Wheels
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In a class demonstration, students observe a simple water cycle model to ...

In a class demonstration, students observe a simple water cycle model to better understand its role in pollutant transport. This activity shows one way in which pollution is affected by the water cycle; it simulates a point source of pollution in a lake and the resulting environmental consequences.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Alejandro Reiman-Moreno
Amy Kolenbrander
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Natalie Mach
Tyman Stephens
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Survival in Extreme Conditions: The Bacterial Stress Response, Fall 2010
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Bacteria survive in almost all environments on Earth, including some considered extremely ...

Bacteria survive in almost all environments on Earth, including some considered extremely harsh. From the steaming hot springs of Yellowstone to the frozen tundra of the arctic to the barren deserts of Chile, microbes have been found thriving. Their tenacity to survive in such extreme and varied conditions allows them to play fundamental roles in global nutrient cycling. Microbes also cause a wide range of human diseases and can survive inhospitable conditions found in the human body. In this course, we will examine the molecular systems that bacteria use to adapt to changes in their environment. We will consider stresses commonly encountered, such as starvation, oxidative stress and heat shock, and also discuss how the adaptive responses affect the evolution of the bacteria. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Peterson, Celeste
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Tree of Life: An Introduction to Microbial Phylogeny
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How do phylogenetic trees help us look more closely at microbial evolution? ...

How do phylogenetic trees help us look more closely at microbial evolution? Explore sequence data and extend your tree thinking to examine possible relationships between the microbes and other life forms. The Biology Workbench provides access to data and tools for investigating these relationships. * read a phylogenetic tree

Subject:
Biology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
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Microbes Count!
Author:
Beverly Brown
LeLeng To Isaacs
Min-Ken Liao
Sam Fan
Date Added:
05/20/2006
Under the Radar Screen: How Bugs Trick Our Immune Defenses, Spring 2007
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This course explores the specific ways by which microbes defeat our immune ...

This course explores the specific ways by which microbes defeat our immune system and the molecular mechanisms that are under attack (phagocytosis, the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway, MHC I/II antigen presentation). Through our discussion and dissection of the primary research literature, we will explore aspects of host-pathogen interactions. We will particularly emphasize the experimental techniques used in the field and how to read and understand research data. Technological advances in the fight against microbes will also be discussed, with specific examples. This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. Many instructors of the Advanced Undergraduate Seminars are postdoctoral scientists with a strong interest in teaching.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Grotenbreg, Gijsbert
Date Added:
01/01/2007