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Andromeda Strain-Part 2

Kathy Paris

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Now that you have proposed a new experiment that should be done, let's see what was done.

Detection - isolate and identify

(A)
  1. How did they determine how the disease entered the body?

  2. Is this an experiment, data or conclusion?
(B)
  1. How did they determine its size?

  2. Is this an experiment, data or conclusion?
(C)
  1. What was its size?

  2. Was it big enough to be a complete cell?

  3. Was it larger than a virus?

  4. Are the above experiments, data or conclusion?
(D) Dr. Mark Hall testing (experiment) concerned the blood since that part of the body was completely destroyed by the organism. What was wrong with the old man's blood (we'll find out more later- just say what he noted at this point)?

(E) Could infection be caused by a "fraction" of the green organism?

(F) The old man had a pH reading of 7.31 (normal is 7.4 ). Was his blood too acid or too alkaline (base) when compared to normal?

(G)
  1. What were the 4 basic elements in this organism?

  2. Is this an experiment, data or conclusion?
(H)
  1. Were any amino acids present?

  2. Is this an experiment, data or conclusion?

  3. Amino acids are used to build what substance?
(I) When they mention "EM"-they're referring to an electron microscope that magnifies from 100,000 to 200,000 times. How much do our school microscopes magnify?

(J)
  1. Dr. Levitt, the lady, is a microbiologist. What was she doing with the petri or culture dishes?

  2. Is this an experiment, data or conclusion?
(K)
  1. When the red light flashed and sent her into a trance, what petri dish flashed "No Growth"?
  2. What does this mean?
  3. Is this experiment, data or conclusion?
(L) What was their explanation on how "Andromeda" could function without amino acids (all life we know must have amino acids to function)?

(M) Why did Dr. Stone now want to stop the destruction of Piedmont by an atomic bomb (he wanted to use it earlier to sterilize the place)?

(N) Back to Dr. Hall (the physician)--he said that the old man had too much acid in his blood (acidosis) because he drank ______________. What is this?

    The baby's pH was normal unless he was crying--blowing off too much CO2. During this time his pH was 7.43. This graph was shown on the computer in the movie:
Blood pH:
7.39                        7.4                      7.42          
normal pH



Reminder:
________________________________
0           7           14

        <-------more acid           neutral           more alkaline (basic)----->

(O) Look at the pH of the baby's blood on the previous page.
  1. Compared to the normal pH of _________, is the baby's blood too acid like the old man's?
  2. Compared to normal blood, is the baby's blood too alkaline (opposite of the old man's)?
(P)
  1. Could "Andromeda" grow in the old man's blood?
  2. Why or why not?
(Q)
  1. Could "Andromeda" grow in the baby's blood?
  2. Why or why not?
(R)
  1. Make a final statement as to what specifically will kill "Andromeda":
  2. Is this experiment, data, or conclusion?
(S) "Andromeda' eventually mutates (changes) to a non-infectious form. What does this mean? Try the dictionary if you don't know.

(T)
  1. How did they eventually destroy "Andromeda"?
  2. Why did this method work?
Please rate this movie: (10 = great; 0 = lousy)
  1. Overall interest ________
  2. Value in helping me understand the scientific method _____________
  3. Value in helping me understand pH (acids and alkaline) ___________

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