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Microbes and Health Kit

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Lab Preparation Checklist
Kit contains sufficient materials for 8 student workstations. (2–4 students per workstation)
Ampicillin, lyophilized 2 2
LB nutrient agar powder 1
LB broth capsules 12
E. coli strain HB101 K-12, lyophilized 1
Petri dishes, 60 mm, sterile 40 40
Cell culture tubes, 15 ml, sterile 75
Inoculation loops, sterile 80
Disposable plastic transfer pipets 10
Curriculum including Teacher’s Guide, Student Manual, and graphic Quick Guide 1
Required Accessories Not Included in Kit:
Incubation oven 1
Microscopes 2–8
pH paper strips (range 4–7) 48
Yogurt 2–4 types
Milk 400 ml
Toothpicks 4–8
Recommended (Optional) Accessories:
Magnifying glasses 4–8
Microwave oven 1
Curriculum Fit
Curriculum Fit
Microbes and Health Kit Flowchart
Microbes and Health Kit Flowchart
Key Kit Features
  • Isolate yogurt-causing bacteria
  • Culture bacteria from yogurt
  • Follow Koch's postulates
  • Learn laboratory microbiology skills
  • Study food microbiology and bacterial metabolism
  • Complete in three 45 minute lab session
What Causes Yogurtness?
What Causes Yogurtness?

Discover the cause of disease. In the 18th century bacterial diseases were still a deadly mystery. Bacteria were sometimes found in diseased humans and animals — but did the bacteria cause the disease or did the bacteria merely follow a disease caused by another unknown agent? To know the cause is the first step toward cure or prevention. Join Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, and the founders of modern microbiology in a thrilling search to find the bacterial culprit behind a new disease. The new disease examined in this lab is "yogurtness" — an affliction of "healthy" milk that causes it to become acidic and thick. What is the cause of yogurtness? Can you use Koch's postulates, the standard of proof in the identification of microbial disease agents, to identify the guilty microbe in this inquiry based activity?

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Microbes and Health: "What Causes Yogurtness?"™ Kit

This PowerPoint presentation is intended for educational use only. The presentation provides educators with background on the Microbes and Health: "What Causes Yogurtness?" Kit and includes instructions for using the kit.

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Microbes

The Microbes and Health Kit allows you to set up a scenario in which students get to discover the cause of a new disease called "Yogurtness" — an affliction of "healthy" milk that causes it to become acidic and thick. What causes Yogurtness?™ Your students join Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, and the founders of modern microbiology in a thrilling search to find the bacterial culprit behind this new disease. Using microscopes, agar plates, and their powers of observation, students identify the bacteria used to produce yogurt.

Features and Benefits

The chemistry of the bacterial cell is brought into focus in this inquiry-based laboratory kit as students examine bacteria and their interaction with the environment. With this kit students:

  • Examine metabolism, cellular chemistry, and the role of bacteria in both disease and food microbiology
  • Follow Koch's postulates to identify the causative agent for disease
  • Isolate and culture yogurt-causing bacteria
  • Learn microbiology skills and sterile technique

This kit is appropriate for biology, microbiology, health sciences, and biotechnology classes, or can be used for independent study.

Background Information

Enzyme-catalyzed chemical reactions in bacteria provide energy for the bacteria as they change food into secreted waste products. In some cases, bacterial waste products create foods and nutrients for people; in other cases they cause disease. For a long time, biotechnology has utilized friendly bacteria in the production of foods such as cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, coffee, sour cream, vinegar, sausage, and yogurt. Other bacteria cause cholera, typhus, leprosy, tuberculosis, and anthrax. In this laboratory activity, students examine both the risks and benefits of bacteria to better understand their role in disease and food production.

More Information

  • Three–session laboratory activity, 45 min per session
  • Provides sufficient materials for eight student workstations, up to four students per workstation
Kit contains sufficient materials for 8 student workstations (2–4 students per workstation)  
Ampicillin, lyophilized 2
LB nutrient agar powder 1
LB broth capsules 12
E. coli strain HB101 K-12, lyophilized 1
Petri dishes, 60 mm, sterile 40
Cell culture tubes, 15 ml, sterile 75
Inoculation loops, sterile 80
Disposable plastic transfer pipets 10
Curriculum, including Teacher's Guide, Student Manual, and graphic Quick Guide 1
Microbes and Health Kit

166-5030EDU
Microbiology classroom study kit, includes ampicillin, LB nutrient agar and broth, E. coli strain HB101 K-12, curriculum, and more, for 32 students; education use only

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5738 Microbes and Health Kit, Biotechnology Explorer, Quick Guide, Rev A Click to download
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