Musical Microbiology: A Happy Mix

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Music videos are great in a science class. It can be used as ice-breakers at the beginning of a lesson, such as this one on Food Safety.

Food borne diseases are frequently reported in the news media. Many of these ailments are of microbial causation. You might have heard some people complaining about abdominal pain and diarrhea but dismiss these simply as food poisoning. In microbiological terms, we categorize these diseases as gastroenteritis.

The microbes that commonly contaminate food such as eggs, meat, vegetables and fruits include: Salmonella, Shigella, and enterotoxigenic E. coli. Other less common pathogens include: Vibrio parahaemolyticus from seafood and Bacillus cereus from fried rice.

This video will capture the attention of the students by infusing it with an ingenuous mix  of popular music and microbiological concepts. The idea is to make microbiology instruction a fun and pleasant experience, especially since it caters to a younger audience – our students. This makes teaching and learning relevant to our target population. It seems like an effective teaching/learning strategy that any instructor can use in the classroom.

We all love Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. This music video is an adaptation of one of their popular songs – We Will Rock You/ We Are The Champion. Enjoy!

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