Microbiology Animations




Animated Tutorials: Microbiology

Making Vaccines
A vaccine works by generating an immune response in the body against some kind of pathogen -- a virus or bacteria or some other agent that causes disease. Normally when a pathogen invades the body, the immune system works to get rid of the pathogen. Often, though, the immune system gets a slow start, which gives the pathogen time to multiply and wreak havoc. What a vaccine does is expose the immune system to a less-threatening version of a pathogen and, in effect, prime it to recognize and quickly eliminate the pathogen's harmful counterpart, should it ever invade the body. This feature lets you create six vaccines in your own virtual laboratory, using a different technique to produce each one.

Microbial Diversity Animations

The Biofilm Lifecycle: An animated description of biofilm formation, growth, communication, and dispersal. The Three Domains: A cladogram comparing the three domains of life, specifically the differences between the archaea and bacteria.

Pond Life

Freshwater ponds provide a home for a wide variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants, insects, and animals. The vast majority of pond inhabitants, however, are invisible until viewed under the microscope. Beneath the placid surface of any pond is a microscopic metropolis bustling with activity as tiny bizarre organisms pursue their lives; locomoting, eating, trying not to be eaten, excreting, and reproducing. In this collection of digital movies, observe the activities of microscopic organisms taken from a typical North Florida pond.

DNA Microarray

Construction of a HSV-1 DNA Microarray for Global Analysis of Transcript Abundance

Microbiology Video Library

Microbiology Animation

Fundamental Bacterial Genetics

The animations include exploring the bacterial cell, life cycle of bacteriophage lambda, interactive DNA cloning experiment, the process of conjugation and recombination, and the attachment and insertion of DNA by Phage T4.