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Microbial Pie, or What Did You Feed the Neighbors?

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Teacher
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Subject:
Life Science, Social Sciences
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, Career / Technical
Language:
English
Material Type:
Case Study, Instructional Material
Media Format:
Text/HTML
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Abstract:

The Emergency Room seems busier than usual, and the cases coming in are all too similar.  Everyone seems to be suffering from the same symptoms - abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea.  Once the hospital staff identify the bacteria causing the problems, the next step is tracking down the source.  This case uses a story of microbial contamination, combined with lab experiments, to teach skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and experimental design and analysis.  It was developed for a general microbiology course primarily composed of health care students and biology majors planning to transfer to the four-year schools. There are three labs associated with this case.

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