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Would You Buy That?

This program examines and explores social and ethical issues of consumer products from the past, present and future. Audience members are asked to weigh the risks versus the benefits. The audience members are responsible for making choices on what products to buy, question, or not buy for themselves, their families, and their communities in this fun and interactive show.

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Microbes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly theater demonstration

To avoid using antibiotics and harming your helpful bacterial residents, see how an engineered virus plays the part of nanomedicine sheriff to fight specific bacterial bandits during an infection. Participants assume the identities of good and bad bacteria of the body as well as the bacteriophage (called “phage” here forth) hero that helps to destroy the bad bacteria. The audience compares the bacteriophage leg molecules to the bacterial surface receptors to simulate the molecular recognition that promotes specific killing of bad bacteria by bacteriophage. The...

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Disease Detectives middle school outreach program

Students will discover how many millions of signals their bodies give off every day, and how scientists are using those signals to build a new form of nano-medicine called “lab-on-a-chip” that could be used in the near future to diagnose and detect illnesses in patients before symptoms ever appear. Students will even get the chance to use their very own “lab-on-a-chip” to test and diagnose a patient and experience how useful this tiny technology will be in the future. Duration: 60 minutes Requirements: Requires a room with a sink and a whiteboard.

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Nano Latch-n-Catch Nanomedicine Activity

Participants identify key features that distinguish between cell types and then create specialized nano-capsules that seek and destroy diseases. Nano Latch-n-Catch is a 60 minute, facilitator-led gallery laboratory activity during which participants diagnose patients by identifying key molecules that distinguish between cell types and then create specialized nanocapsules that seek and destroy diseases. Pre and post activities are included to help prepare for the Nano Latch-n-Catch program as well as reinforce and offer extended learning of the concepts. 

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Would You Buy That (NanoDays 2014)

Like all new technologies, nanotechnology has costs, risks, and benefits we cannot always predict. The Would You Buy That? stage presentation examines and explores ways our consumer behavior both impacts and is impacted by new technology. By looking at historical examples and current and future nanotechnologies, audience members weigh the risks versus the benefits and make group purchase decisions. Sometimes we need to stop and think more about a consumer decision.

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