CurioCity resources which align with the British Columbia Science 8 Curriculum Content area on cells.

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Anthrax is not a chemical substance. Anthrax is alive!

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Researchers have found a link between pregnant mothers infected with Zika virus during pregnancy and cases of microcephaly in their babies. But although Zika virus only began receiving widespread attention recently, Zika infections are nothing new.

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I am a third year PhD student in Microbiology. My research is about bacteria (maybe you’d call them “germs”), and how they stick to surfaces in communities called biofilms.

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Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects on this planet. While most are just a nuance, some species are actually harmful to human health because they carry microorganisms or viruses that can cause serious illness. Why are those that do carry diseases so effective at infecting humans? (4:01 min.)

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The reappearance of the Aedes mosquitoes, coupled with suitable climatic conditions, have triggered a Zika virus epidemic in Brazil and is affecting hundreds of thousands of people across South America. (3:30 min.)

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I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology. I study the biology of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus creates tremendous burden on health care systems in Canada and around the world.

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Born in 1843, Robert Koch was a German doctor whose groundbreaking contributions revolutionized microbiology. Even today, his discoveries continue to save lives.

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Just like humans, who can be infected by viruses through sexual contact, bacteria are vulnerable to viral infection during conjugation, a process that is sometimes called “bacterial sex”.

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What does the Ebola virus actually do in your body? Why is it so dangerous and why does it kill so many people? This video uses the analogy of a war to explain how the Ebola virus avoids and then turns the immune system against the body.

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