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Bacteria & Viruses Also Known As… Why We Beat the Aliens at the End of “ War of the Worlds” Bacteria – Basic Info Bacteria were the first forms of life on the planet. They arose from the organic soup of the primordial Earth. There are several characteristics that all bacteria have in common:

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Bacteria & Viruses

Also Known As…

Why We Beat the Aliens at the End of “War of the Worlds”


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Bacteria – Basic Info

  • Bacteria were the first forms of life on the planet. They arose from the organic soup of the primordial Earth.

  • There are several characteristics that all bacteria have in common:

    • Unicellular (fancy talk for “single-celled”.)

    • Prokaryotic – you know this…

    • Organelles are not membrane bound.

    • Single circular chromosome.

    • Reproduce asexually by binary fission.

  • Bacteria make up both the archaebacteria and eubacteria kingdoms – it used to be one – Monera.


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DNA – Genetic Material

Cell Wall – Protection

Cell Membrane – In & Out of Cell

Cytoplasm – Fluid interior

Ribosomes – Protein builders

Pili – Connect & Trade DNA

Flagella – Movement

Structure of Bacteria


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Cocci – Spherical

Bacilli – Rod-shaped

Sprilli – Spirals

Prefixes

No prefix – Solo

Diplo – Pairs

Strep - Chains

Staph - Clusters

Bacterial Shapes


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Gram Stain & Bacteria

  • Gram stain is a concoction of crystal violet and iodine – it will react with the cell wall of certain bacteria.

  • Gram-positive bacteria retain the gram stain and appear dark purple. These bacteria a very common and usually not bad – less pathogenic.

  • Gram-negative bacteria do not react with the stain and appear light pink. These bacteria are less common but they are more pathogenic and are a serious threat to your health. (Meningitis, gonorrhea and peumonia.)


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Gram positive anthrax bacilli in cerebrospinal fluid.

Gram negative bacilli bacteria.

Gram Stain & Bacteria


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Autotrophic

Make their own energy compounds.

Photoautotrophs – use photosynthesis – energy in sunlight.

Chemoautotrophs – gain energy from simple inorganic compounds.

Heterotrophic

Must consume other materials to gain energy.

Symbiotes – bacteria live in close association with host.

Parasites – live in host – negative effects.

Saprobes – eat dead and/or decaying matter.

Nutrition


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Anaerobic

Anaerobic respiration does not require oxygen to make energy (ATP).

Obligate anaerobes must live in the absence of oxygen. Oxygen is toxic to them and will kill them if present.

Facultative anaerobes do not use oxygen but can survive just fine if it is around.

Aerobic

Aerobic respiration requires oxygen to make ATP.

Obligate aerobes must have oxygen to make ATP or they die. They can not live in the absence of oxygen.

Bacterial Respiration




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Bacterial Cryogenic Chambers

  • When growth conditions become extremely unfavourable, many gram-positive bacteria form endospores.

  • Endospores are thick walls that surround the DNA and cytoplasm of the bacteria.

  • The bacteria goes into a dormant phase until the environment is more favourable. An endospore may last for months.


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Archaebacteria

Old school bacteria from the harshest places on Earth that resemble the primordial Earth.

Methanogens – release methane gas (CH4).

Thermophiles – live in very hot places.

Halophiles – live in very high concentrations of salt.

Eubacteria

Most of the prokaryotes on Earth are eubacteria.

They inhabit almost all places on Earth and show a great deal of diversity within the kingdom.

Bacterial Kingdoms



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A virus is a non-cellular piece of genetic material surrounded by protein that lives within a host cell.

Viruses are not part of any of the six kingdoms.

Viruses are classified according to their structure and the type of host cell they inhabit.

The word “virus” means poisonous slime of plant or animal origin.

Viruses – Basic Info


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Evidence: Living

Has biomolecules like proteins and nucleic acids.

Has DNA or RNA.

Capable of directing reproduction.

Able to evolve.

Able to respond.

Evidence: Non-living

Not made of cells.

Can not grow or reproduce outside of host cell.

Can’t run protein synthesis without host cell.

Lacks enzymes for cellular respiration.

To Live or Not To Live…


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Virus attaches to host cell.

Viral DNA is injected.

Viral DNA uses host cell machinery to make viral parts.

Viral parts are assembled.

Enzyme created to destroy host cell’s cell wall – lysis!

The Lytic Life Cycle


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The Lysogenic Life Cycle

  • Virus attaches to host cell.

  • Viral DNA is injected.

  • Viral DNA is incorporated into the bacterial chromosome and go into a dormant state. Bacteria will often not notice the change to its genetic content and divide several times over. (Making a copy of the viral DNA as it does).

  • A change occurs whereby the viral DNA uses host cell machinery to make viral parts.

  • Viral parts are assembled.

  • Enzyme created to destroy host cell’s cell wall – lysis!




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