Spores of fungus, Candida albicans

The long strands are the tubular filaments (hyphae) that have developed from the fungal spores. Yeast cells (rounded, yellow) are budding from the ends of the hyphae (red). Candida albicans causes the infection known as candidiasis which affects the moist mucous membranes of the body, such as skin folds, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina. Oral and vaginal conditions are known as thrush.

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A range of student activities to support microbiology teaching in the classroom.

A Bag of Diseases

This can be used as a synoptic activity at the end of the section on Microbes and the Human Body to see if the students have understood the process of how infectious diseases are transmitted and how they may be prevented or treated.

MRSA Outbreak

In this exercise the students take on the role of a member of the infection control team working within a hospital. The infection control team need to find out how the outbreak of the ‘superbug’ MRSA has occurred and advise on specific measures that could be implemented to prevent further outbreaks of this hospital acquired infection.

Stimulus statements

The stimulus statements are designed to give the students the opportuntiy to gain a medical and /or biological overweiw of a topic while weighing up ethical and social concerns.

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