EDUCATION: Microbes on the Move

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Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1227
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5533.1227a

Looking for some snappy footage of bugs to spice up a virology, bacteriology, or immunology course· Try this video library from the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Leicester in the U.K. Over 25 clips and animations capture explosive bacterial growth, HIV reproduction, amoebas snarfing their prey, and other microbial dramas. There are also how-to pages on microbiology lab procedures such as viewing specimens with bright-field microscopy and inoculating agar plates. The library is one of the tidbits on a well-done site that supplements the department's basic courses. It also offers lecture notes, news updates, and some primers on topics such as the bovine spongiform encephalopathy epidemic and the discovery that mosquitoes spread yellow fever. Some of the footage is available on videotape.

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