What are nanobugs?The nanobugs are a unique combination of science and imagination. The nanobugs characters represent bacteria, viruses, and fungi (microbes). Their cartoon image reveals natural characteristics of the microbe or the infection it causes.
The bacteria and fungi nanobugs are “morphologically correct”; that means their body image matches their shape as observed under the microscope - rods, spheres, chains, or clusters. Anaerobic bacteria do not grow in the presence of oxygen so those nanobugs appear with gas masks. Some nanobugs have a “force field” around them to show that they are antibiotic resistant.
The nanobugs viruses are given a spherical shape and only one eye to represent the nucleic acid core of the virus. The nanobugs viruses are black and white drawings symbolizing the fact that they are parasites, which can’t live independently; they require living cells to survive. The only color on a nanobugs virus appears at the point of antibody attachment. This would be the “Achilles’ heel” of the virus because the attachment of a human antibody causes either neutralization or destruction of the virus.
Some of the nanobugs are pathogenic – meaning they cause disease and infection in humans. And some are part of the normal flora of the human body – meaning they help us digest food in the intestines or protect other areas of the body from invading pathogenic nanobugs. By learning about the different nanobugs we can develop behaviors and strategies to stay healthy - avoiding some nanobugs and being thankful for others.
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