Good & Bad

Isabella Droz

How are viruses or bacteria good or bad?

Viruses - The GOOD

  • Bacteriophage: viruses that infect bacteria are called bacteriophages. They differ from other viruses because they enter bacteria and release their hereditary material. The process takes about 20 minutes and each virus-infected cell releases about 100 viruses.

Viruses - The BAD

  • Viruses itself can make on and the people around you very sick

  • Cause many of the worst diseases such as:

    • Cold sores

    • Warts

    • The Flu

    • Measles

    • HIV

    • Ebola

    • HPV

  • They are very dangerous that they are capable of spreading in the air by sneezing, coughs, and surfaces such as door handles and cell/telephones.

  • There a few antibiotics and medicines for viruses, but they won't work either way on viruses so there is no point taking them in the long run.

Bacteria - The GOOD

  • Bacteria are good for our bodies to help keep things in balance

  • Antibiotics: limits the growth of other bacteria

  • Saprophytes: organisms that use dead organisms as food

  • Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria-plants: bacteria that changes the nitrogen in the air into forms that plants and animals can use

  • Methane gas: released as waste by certain bacteria can be used as fuels for heating, cooking, and industry

  • Food: bacteria can be used to make foods such as cheese, sauerkraut, and buttermilk

Bacteria - The BAD

  • Acne: skin cells, hair, and sebum clump together in a plug and the plug gets infected by bacteria and makes pimples

  • Strep Throat: strep throat is a bacteria infection that takes place in the throat and tonsils

  • Flatulence: flatulence is caused by swallowing air, and the breakdown of certain foods in the large intestine by bacteria

  • Body Odor: the smell after one works out is the odor of bacteria metabolizing the sweat, not the sweat itself

  • Lyme Disease: you can get Lyme disease by getting bit by an infected tick, as the tick carries bacteria

  • Tetanus: bacteria from rusted metal leads to tetanus, clostridium tetani, are found in soil, animal waste, and even dust