Viruses that infect bacteria (called phages) are all around us, but we have very few that kill bacteria in our mouths in culture to study - can you help us catch some?
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Our mouths are teeming with hundreds of species of bacteria. As they live their lives, these bacteria are impacting ours, sometimes helping us stay healthy, and other times making us sick. To better understand the bacteria in our mouths, and how they impact us, we need to understand their predators and partners - and these include viruses. The viruses that infect bacteria are called bacteriophages, or "phages" for short, and the goal of this project is to work in a small team to attempt to catch phages that infect oral bacteria. You will be working in the lab, mixing oral bacterial cultures with local Buffalo sewage, to see if you can catch a phage from the sewage that kills the bacteria. To learn more about the lab, check out our webpage at https://kauffmanlab.org.
The end result of this project will be a scientific poster, put together with your team mates in lab, describing the methods you used to try to catch phages for oral bacteria, and the phages you found.
|Length of commitment||This opportunity is best for someone who is interested in exploring the possibility of a career in research science and might like to stay and keep working in the lab throughout their undergrad degree |
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|In-person, remote, or hybrid?||In-Person Project|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students) |
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.
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