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This assignment contains four short answer questions. In some cases, there is a supplied list of keywords that should be used in developing your answer. You should use the knowledge gained in the readings and other assignments in this module. These are thought questions meant to help you process information that you have been exposed to in this module and if applicable, in previous modules. You may use outside sources, but you must use citations to show where you obtained the information. This is an untimed assignment. You only have one opportunity to complete this assignment.
Note: By starting this exam you agree to abide by the Academic Misconduct Policy set forth in the course syllabus. You acknowledge that your failure to do so could result in being expelled from the course.
Define the word ubiquitous, and provide examples showing why this is an appropriate term to use when describing microbes.
You are a researcher researching Zika virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen. The number of cases of Zika have skyrocketed over the past few months and the weather service has recorded the data showing that this summer has been the wettest in the past 50 years. Using the scientific method, develop a sound hypothesis explaining the increase in disease cases and a method for testing this hypothesis.
Humans have learned through history how to use the abilities of microbes to their advantage. Considering ways that we use them (not how they naturally have become part of our microflora), describe 3 methods used in the environment, industry, and in our daily lives.
Describe the personal protective equipment you use in the laboratory and why it is necessary. Include procedures you use to protect both yourself and the microbe from contamination.