Elementary Student Outreach Activity Demonstrating the Use of Phage Therapy Heroes to Combat Bacterial Infections

    Authors: Mya Breitbart1,*, Kema Malki1, Natalie A. Sawaya1, Chelsea Bonnain1, Mark O. Martin2
    Affiliations: 1: University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701; 2: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1407
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The team of phage heroes conquering their bacterial villains (artwork by Kema Malki). This design can be used to make custom temporary tattoos to serve as a reward for successfully capturing the correct bacteria in the outreach activity.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1407
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Example illustrating the set-up of the outreach activity. The diameter of the hula hoop in this photo is ~1 meter with all heroes and villains printed full-scale from the appendices. This activity can be modified for smaller learning spaces by using a paper plate instead of a hula-hoop and reducing the size of the bacterial colonies and phage heroes accordingly.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1407
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Plaque assay performed according to standard double-agar overlay methods ( 7 ) using phage T4 and four different strains of chromogenic bacteria to illustrate the clear plaques (zones of death) caused by phages in the bacterial lawns of different colors.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1407
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