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"From the Ted Talk by Anne Madden: Meet the microscopic life in your home -- and on your face"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

As a second example, I worked with researchers to dig in the dirt in people's backyards. There, we unevrecod a microorganism that could make novel antibiotics, antibiotics that can kill the world's worst seupgrbus. This was an awesome thing to find, but here's the secret: for the last 60 years, most of the atnocbitiis on the market have come from similar soil bacteria. Every day, you and I and everyone in this room and on this planet, are seavd by similar soil bacteria that produce most of our antibiotics. Where you used to see dirt, now think of medication.

Open Cloze

As a second example, I worked with researchers to dig in the dirt in people's backyards. There, we _________ a microorganism that could make novel antibiotics, antibiotics that can kill the world's worst _________. This was an awesome thing to find, but here's the secret: for the last 60 years, most of the ___________ on the market have come from similar soil bacteria. Every day, you and I and everyone in this room and on this planet, are _____ by similar soil bacteria that produce most of our antibiotics. Where you used to see dirt, now think of medication.

Solution

  1. uncovered
  2. antibiotics
  3. saved
  4. superbugs

Original Text

As a second example, I worked with researchers to dig in the dirt in people's backyards. There, we uncovered a microorganism that could make novel antibiotics, antibiotics that can kill the world's worst superbugs. This was an awesome thing to find, but here's the secret: for the last 60 years, most of the antibiotics on the market have come from similar soil bacteria. Every day, you and I and everyone in this room and on this planet, are saved by similar soil bacteria that produce most of our antibiotics. Where you used to see dirt, now think of medication.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
microscopic life 8
microorganism species 4
microscopic creatures 3

Important Words

  1. antibiotics
  2. awesome
  3. backyards
  4. bacteria
  5. day
  6. dig
  7. dirt
  8. find
  9. kill
  10. market
  11. medication
  12. microorganism
  13. planet
  14. produce
  15. researchers
  16. room
  17. saved
  18. similar
  19. soil
  20. superbugs
  21. uncovered
  22. worked
  23. worst
  24. years