Bringing micro-organisms to life – in class

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THE world of micro-organisms was brought to life for Preesall students when a biomedical scientist paid a visit.

Year Nine students from Saint Aidan’s Technology College got a chance to learn more about microbes from Alan Bullock, a microbiologist from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, protozoa and fungi.

Alan Bullock answered questions from pupils about the most common and harmful microbes, and the number of microbes in the human mouth.

The scientist uses his expertise to run tests on specimens from patients who are believed to have infections. This helps determine what is wrong with them so their doctor can give them the proper treatment.

Lisa Tilbury, director of science at the college, said: “It is always very exciting for the students to meet real-life working scientists.

“The talk from Mr Bullock was particularly interesting as it directly links to our topic species at war.

“It has helped students to see how their learning in schools links directly to the world around them.”

A slide show with the talk showed the common microbes people come into contact with every day.