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From the Ted Talk by Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi: To detect diseases earlier, let's speak bacteria's secret language

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Bacteria live in ciumnemotis just like humans. They have feiilmas, they talk, and they plan their activities. And just like humans, they trick, devciee, and some might even cahet on each other. What if I tell you that we can listen to bacterial conversations and translate their cdoeitiannfl information into human lnggauae? And what if I tell you that translating bacterial conversations can save lives? I hold a PhD in nanophysics, and I've used nanotechnology to develop a real-time translation tool that can spy on bacterial communities and give us recordings of what bacteria are up to.

Open Cloze

Bacteria live in ___________ just like humans. They have ________, they talk, and they plan their activities. And just like humans, they trick, _______, and some might even _____ on each other. What if I tell you that we can listen to bacterial conversations and translate their ____________ information into human ________? And what if I tell you that translating bacterial conversations can save lives? I hold a PhD in nanophysics, and I've used nanotechnology to develop a real-time translation tool that can spy on bacterial communities and give us recordings of what bacteria are up to.

Solution

  1. confidential
  2. cheat
  3. families
  4. language
  5. communities
  6. deceive

Original Text

Bacteria live in communities just like humans. They have families, they talk, and they plan their activities. And just like humans, they trick, deceive, and some might even cheat on each other. What if I tell you that we can listen to bacterial conversations and translate their confidential information into human language? And what if I tell you that translating bacterial conversations can save lives? I hold a PhD in nanophysics, and I've used nanotechnology to develop a real-time translation tool that can spy on bacterial communities and give us recordings of what bacteria are up to.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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bacterial conversations 5
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bacterial communities 3
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bacteria live 2
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human body 2
bacterial family 2
patient samples 2
diagnostic test 2
young girl 2
traditional diagnostics 2
diagnostics showed 2
traditional methods 2

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traditional diagnostics showed 2

Important Words

  1. activities
  2. bacteria
  3. bacterial
  4. cheat
  5. communities
  6. confidential
  7. conversations
  8. deceive
  9. develop
  10. families
  11. give
  12. hold
  13. human
  14. humans
  15. information
  16. language
  17. listen
  18. live
  19. lives
  20. nanophysics
  21. nanotechnology
  22. phd
  23. plan
  24. recordings
  25. save
  26. spy
  27. talk
  28. tool
  29. translate
  30. translating
  31. translation
  32. trick