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Microbe Motels: An Interactive Method to Introduce the Human Microbiome

    Authors: Senga Robertson-Albertyn1, Erin Hardee1, Nicola R. Stanley-Wall1,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK
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    • Published 04 May 2016
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall, Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 1382 385136. Fax: +44 (0) 1382 388216. E-mail: n.r.stanleywall@dundee.ac.uk.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2016 vol. 17 no. 2 282-283. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i2.966
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    Abstract:

    The human body is occupied by an immense number of microorganisms collectively referred to as the “human microbiota.” This hands-on activity introduces the intestinal microbiota in a fun and engaging way.

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The human body is occupied by an immense number of microorganisms collectively referred to as the “human microbiota.” This hands-on activity introduces the intestinal microbiota in a fun and engaging way.

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Activity set-up using splash-proof mat, color coordinated tubs, and clear labeling of bacterial phyla.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2016 vol. 17 no. 2 282-283. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i2.966
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