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Tuberculosis - About

The Tuberculosis educational game and related reading, are based on the 1905 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which was awarded for investigations and discoveries concerning the disease tuberculosis, "TB".

First published: June 2003
Estimated play time: 20-25 min.
Plug in requirements: Flash 6  »
Sound: No
High score: No
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Tuberculosis - Experiments & Discoveries Game

- What causes the disease tuberculosis, TB?
- How did a scientist find out about TB in the 19th century?
- Koch developed several methods still used in science today - what is the "slide technique", "staining" and "plate technique"?
- What are "Koch's postulates"?

Robert Koch proved definitively that the dreaded disease tuberculosis is caused by specific bacteria. How did he do it?

Koch developed several methods for detecting the causes of infectious diseases that are still used today. Such as:
The slide technique - fixing bacteria onto thin glass slides.
Staining - adding dyes to make bacteria more visible.
The plate technique - obtaining pure cultures by isolating specific bacteria from a complex sample.

In this game you will try to repeat Koch's remarkable successes. Carry out your own experiments using Koch's methods and discover the bacteria causing tuberculosis. Rather than scoring points and doing things quickly, this game rewards figuring out what to do in the correct order to allow you to move on and reach the end!

For instructions on how to play the game, click on the HELP button found at the bottom of the game window.

Reading: "Robert Koch and Tuberculosis"

- Koch's famous lecture in 1882
- The infection and disease
- Treatment of TB
- Tuberculosis in human history

Read "Robert Koch and Tuberculosis" »


Reading: "Robert Koch's Other Contributions to Science"

A list of other bacteria that Koch discovered, for example staphylococcus, a major disease-causing bacterium found in wound infections, and the bacterium that causes cholera.

Read "Robert Koch's Other Contributions to Science" »



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