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An introduction to antibiotics
Liz Bonnin from the BBC One series 'Bang Goes The Theory' describes what antibiotics are used for. She then explains their two mechanisms for killing bacteria; they either interfere with bacterial reproduction or disrupt their membranes. Liz explains that antibiotics originally come from fungi or other bacteria. At the end, she states that antibiotics are currently evolving. First broadcast on BBC One on 'Bang Goes the Theory' in April 2011.
This would make an excellent introduction or summary clip for antibiotics. Students could simply be asked to write down as much as they can remember after they have seen it. The clip is suitably short to show several times and students add to their notes each time. This clip accompanies a BBC Teachers' Pack to support Series 3 and 4 of 'Bang Goes The Theory'. The pack can be downloaded from bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/bang/
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