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Our ongoing battle with bacteria

These discussion prompts focus on the nature of bacteria and types of antibiotics, as well as methods for dealing with antibiotic resistance.

A look back at antibiotics

Students will search the Science News archive for stories related to antibiotics and bacterial infections.

Reviewing bacterial defenses

These questions focus on student understanding of gram-negative bacteria and the bacteria's response to antibiotics.
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New Rules for Finding Antibiotics

This guide introduces students to the wide world of bacteria, bacterial infections, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
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Data Back Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

After reading about the results of a ban on trans fats, students can explore the nature of lipids in greater detail, including analyzing foods for the presence of fats.

Mowing down cancer cells

Working in pairs, students will analyze a graph of data from one of the cancer experiments described in "Cancer's sweet cloak."

Biomolecules from many angles

These discussion prompts cover molecular structures and properties of sugars, proteins and lipids, as well as questions related to the immune system and cancer.

Archives track a long war

Students will explore the history of cancer therapy research by searching the Science News archive.

How sugars hide cancer

These questions, based on the Science News article "Cancer's sweet cloak," highlight observations about cell-surface sugars and their ability to hide cancer cells from the immune system.
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Cancer’s Sweet Cloak

This guide covers research investigating how cancer cells can hide from the immune system with the help of cell-surface sugars, as well as related topics.