Nanobacteria: Are They or Aren't They Alive?

Merri Lynn Casem, National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

This California State University lesson plan contains materials for a five-part activity regarding whether or not nanobacteria are alive. The case-study based activities include: What does it mean to be alive?; What evidence is there that nanobacteria are alive?; More evidence of life; Corroborating evidence (?); and The final chapter (or is it?). The website contains pertinent general information articles and resource lists for students as well as homework assignments based on readings. An answer key is provided, but may require registration to the Case Study in Science Program.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Biofilms, Biology:Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Project:Investigative Case Studies, Independent Research, Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity, Project
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biosphere:Ecology:Biofilms
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy