Unformatted text preview: because plants are photosynthesizing more in the summer. ° This increase in carbon dioxide could have serious consequences as the greenhouse gas effect. • Slide: “The Popular View of ‘Bugs’” o People popularly think that microbes (“bugs”) are somehow dirty or damaging, but the truth is that you cannot get rid of them – they’re all over your body, and most of them are good for you. ° It’s a symbiotic relationship. ° Slide: host bacterial symbiosis in the human intestine. • Fundamentally, pathogenic microorganisms use the same machinery as nonpathogenic ones. o Short movie: bacteriophage infecting a cell. • Biotechnology and biological engineering: research examples o Functional diversity in rhodopsin – in the presence of light, this will move a proton, creating an electrical gradient that allows ATP production o The functional parts of a cell: people are working on creating a registry of standard biological parts....
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- Fall '09
- Bacteria, atmospheric carbon dioxide