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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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