Pathogens(Bacteria & Viruses) – Meet the Pro’s
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Pathogens(Bacteria & Viruses) – Meet the Pro’s


Pathogens!! In this episode, we will be talking about fungus, archaea, bacteria, virus, and prions specifically as they relate to the human condition.




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So, two bacteria walk into a grungy bar.  The bartender says, "We don't serve bacteria here!"




And, the bacteria says, "But, we work here. We're staph."




“Why did the mushroom get invited to the party?”




“Because he’s a fungi.”




LOL, I didn’t have a good bacteria song, so I Googled jokes about bacteria.  So, you’re welcome for the dad jokes to start this episode. If you haven’t figured it out, we’re going to be talking about bacteria, archaea, fungi, viruses, and prions in this episode.




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Now, let's talk about those tiny little prokaryotes. 




Question (Q): Do you remember the difference between prokaryotes and eukaryotes?




Simple Answer (A): Prokaryotes do not have membrane-bound organelles; eukaryotes do have membrane-bound organelles. 




Okay, let’s meet the pro’s, and by the pro’s I mean those amazing prokaryotes that can: Survive in extreme environments, form symbiotic environments, replicate in many different ways... Some can survive with oxygen and without, meaning they can adjust their metabolism to meet the demands of their environment. They are pretty cool!




And, eukaryotes are the true nucleus, so are membrane-bound organelles—which is what our cells are—but we will talk about that next episode when we go into cells, specifically our cells. 




So, prokaryotes are super simple: they don’t have membrane-bound organelles, and their DNA is usually concentrated in an area called the nucleoid region.








We’re going to talk about the pro’s (the prokaryotes) but, first, let's do a quick rundown of taxonomic ranks. 




So there are eight basic taxonomic categories; this doesn't include subspecies. Taxonomic ranks are just a way of classifying things in a step-down method where organisms are split into more specific groups. 




The order from broadest to narrowest categorization 




Domain Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species








How are we going to keep these taxonomic ranks in the correct order?




Obviously, we're gonna use a mnemonic device.




Dumb Kids Playing Cards On Freeway Get Smashed—I like this one because it sounds like a news headline. 




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