Explain the causes and significance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other antibiotic-resistant organisms.
DefinitionExplanation should include
- the reasons antibiotic resistance develops in organisms such as MRSA
- the dangers of antibiotic-resistant organisms
- the relationship between antibiotic-resistant organisms and infection-control measures and procedures.
- How does treatment of viral infections contribute to antibiotic resistance? What other factors can contribute?
- Why is so much media attention focused on MRSA?
- What can be done to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms?
- What are other examples of Multiple Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO)?
Related Standards of Learning
The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
- Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
- Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
- Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
- Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.
The student will investigate and understand common mechanisms of inheritance and protein synthesis. Key concepts include
- cell growth and division;
- gamete formation;
- cell specialization;
- prediction of inheritance of traits based on the Mendelian laws of heredity;
- historical development of the structural model of DNA;
- genetic variation;
- the structure, function, and replication of nucleic acids;
- events involved in the construction of proteins;
- use, limitations, and misuse of genetic information; and
- exploration of the impact of DNA technologies.