Microbial Disease Report Oral report
*Microbial Disease Report (Oral report)
Pick a disease that affects humans/animals whose causative agent is a bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoa, or other microorganism and describe in detail the following: (A/B/C/D)
A. Causative Agent: Describe and classify the microbe involved. If known, explain how the microbe causes/transmits the disease or interferes with normal body function. Also describe the vector and/or life cycle for the microbe (if applicable).
B. Population(s) affected: What population(s) is/are at highest risk of contracting the disease? Are there any groups of people who should be tested? Please include statistical/geographical data and trends [from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, or other source (www.cdc.gov, www.who.int, etc.)
C. Course of Disease: What are the usual signs/symptoms of someone with the disease? How is the disease diagnosed? What is the usual time course for recovery? Are there complications and/or long-term effects?
D. Interventions: Describe possible treatments and/or medical interventions. Is there a vaccine available? How can the disease be best prevented or kept under control?
**Journal Article Review: Students will choose one article from a primary scientific literature source which uses a microbe as a model organism/system and write a comprehensive summary of the study that answers the following questions
NOTE: MANY FREE ARTICLES MAY BE OBTAINED FROM WWW.PUBMED.GOV or visit the campus library
A. Why did the scientists perform the study (i.e. description of background)?
B. What was the hypothesis (or hypotheses) under investigation?
C. What were the major results and did they support or negate the
hypothesis? Which key techniques were used to achieve these results?
D. Why are the results significant and do they point to further/future
studies? In other words, why does this article matter and what should
or could be done next?
E. Why did you choose this particular article to review? Was it interesting,