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From the Ted Talk "Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun"

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Maybe he's floating around in your stomach or in some spoiled food somewhere, and all of a sudden, he starts to not feel so good. Maybe he ate something bad for lunch. And then things get really horrible, as his inks rips apart, and he sees a risuv coming out from his insides. And then it gets horrible when he bursts open and an mary of viruses oodfsl out from his insides. "Ouch" is right. If you see this, and you're a bacterium, this is like your tswor amngrihet. But if you're a virus and you see this, you cross those little legs of yours and you think, "We kcor." Because it took a lot of crafty work to infect this tbuiamcre. Here's what had to happen. A virus grabbed onto a bacterium and it slipped its DNA into it. The next thing is that virus DNA made stuff that chopped up the bacteria DNA. And now that we've gotten rid of the bacteria DNA, the virus DNA takes control of the cell and it tells it to start making more sievusr. Because, you see, DNA is like a ibulpnret that tells living things what to make. So this is kind of like going into a car factory and replacing the blueprints with blueprints for killer robots. The workers still come the next day, they do their job, but they're following different instructions. So replacing the ecirbata DNA with virus DNA turns the bacteria into a factory for makign viruses — that is, until it's so filled with viruses that it bursts. But that's not the only way that viruses infect bacteria. Some are much more cfryta.

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Maybe he's floating around in your stomach or in some spoiled food somewhere, and all of a sudden, he starts to not feel so good. Maybe he ate something bad for lunch. And then things get really horrible, as his ____ rips apart, and he sees a _____ coming out from his insides. And then it gets horrible when he bursts open and an ____ of viruses ______ out from his insides. "Ouch" is right. If you see this, and you're a bacterium, this is like your _____ _________. But if you're a virus and you see this, you cross those little legs of yours and you think, "We ____." Because it took a lot of crafty work to infect this _________. Here's what had to happen. A virus grabbed onto a bacterium and it slipped its DNA into it. The next thing is that virus DNA made stuff that chopped up the bacteria DNA. And now that we've gotten rid of the bacteria DNA, the virus DNA takes control of the cell and it tells it to start making more _______. Because, you see, DNA is like a _________ that tells living things what to make. So this is kind of like going into a car factory and replacing the blueprints with blueprints for killer robots. The workers still come the next day, they do their job, but they're following different instructions. So replacing the ________ DNA with virus DNA turns the bacteria into a factory for ______ viruses — that is, until it's so filled with viruses that it bursts. But that's not the only way that viruses infect bacteria. Some are much more ______.

Solution

  1. blueprint
  2. army
  3. floods
  4. nightmare
  5. skin
  6. crafty
  7. virus
  8. viruses
  9. bacterium
  10. rock
  11. worst
  12. bacteria
  13. making

Original Text

Maybe he's floating around in your stomach or in some spoiled food somewhere, and all of a sudden, he starts to not feel so good. Maybe he ate something bad for lunch. And then things get really horrible, as his skin rips apart, and he sees a virus coming out from his insides. And then it gets horrible when he bursts open and an army of viruses floods out from his insides. "Ouch" is right. If you see this, and you're a bacterium, this is like your worst nightmare. But if you're a virus and you see this, you cross those little legs of yours and you think, "We rock." Because it took a lot of crafty work to infect this bacterium. Here's what had to happen. A virus grabbed onto a bacterium and it slipped its DNA into it. The next thing is that virus DNA made stuff that chopped up the bacteria DNA. And now that we've gotten rid of the bacteria DNA, the virus DNA takes control of the cell and it tells it to start making more viruses. Because, you see, DNA is like a blueprint that tells living things what to make. So this is kind of like going into a car factory and replacing the blueprints with blueprints for killer robots. The workers still come the next day, they do their job, but they're following different instructions. So replacing the bacteria DNA with virus DNA turns the bacteria into a factory for making viruses — that is, until it's so filled with viruses that it bursts. But that's not the only way that viruses infect bacteria. Some are much more crafty.

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virus dna 4
secret agent 4
science education 3
bacteria dna 3

Important Words

  1. army
  2. ate
  3. bacteria
  4. bacterium
  5. bad
  6. blueprint
  7. blueprints
  8. bursts
  9. car
  10. cell
  11. chopped
  12. coming
  13. control
  14. crafty
  15. cross
  16. day
  17. dna
  18. factory
  19. feel
  20. filled
  21. floating
  22. floods
  23. food
  24. good
  25. grabbed
  26. happen
  27. horrible
  28. infect
  29. insides
  30. instructions
  31. job
  32. killer
  33. kind
  34. legs
  35. living
  36. lot
  37. lunch
  38. making
  39. nightmare
  40. open
  41. replacing
  42. rid
  43. rips
  44. robots
  45. rock
  46. sees
  47. skin
  48. slipped
  49. spoiled
  50. start
  51. starts
  52. stomach
  53. stuff
  54. sudden
  55. takes
  56. tells
  57. turns
  58. virus
  59. viruses
  60. work
  61. workers
  62. worst