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How can humans utilize and harness microbes and their products?

Topic

Impact of Microorganisms

Framing Question

How can humans utilize and harness microbes and their products?

Learning Objectives

  • List four ways you have used a microbial product this week.
  • List four microbial products that are used in agriculture (medicine or industry).
  • Explain the importance of microbial fermentation products to food/beverage production (e.g., bread, cheese, yogurt, wine, beer, etc.).
  • Provide examples of how microbes can be used to solve energy problems.
  • Describe how humans utilize and harness microbes and their products for medicinal purposes.
  • Conduct research to find the top four microbial processes that gross the most revenue on an annual basis.
  • Discuss the benefits of two specific tools of modern biotechnology that are derived from naturally occurring microbes (e.g. cloning vectors, restriction enzymes, Taq polymerase, etc.)

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