All about Microbe Magic

Welcome to Microbe Magic, the interactive science website for primary school students! Why not try out all of the links? You can play games, take a quiz or even try out experiments. There are lots of choices for students, parents and teachers!

Microbe Magic is the main information portal for primary school students to the APC Microbiome Institute!

Microbe Magic

Introducing Some Characters

Throughout this website you're going to come across some interesting biological characters. A few of the more important ones are here. Keep in mind that some of these guys are microbes and may live in or on your body! You can also check out their adventures in our cartoon section. Be sure to hover over them to get a better look.

Probiotic GI Jake

GI Jake

GI Jake is a type of micro-organism called a probiotic. Once he is eaten by you he will keep your body healthy by fighting against bad bacteria.

Probiotic Pat O'Gen

Pat O'Gen

Pat O'Gen is an infectious microbe and an enemy of GI Jake and Luke O'Cyte. He spreads disease and if he finds his way into you he may make you sick.

Leukocyte Luke O'Cyte

Luke O'Cyte

Luke O'Cyte on the other hand is a white blood cell (one of the good guys). He rides around in your blood stream and helps fight against infections.

APC Microbiome Institute

The APC Microbiome Institute is a scientific research centre, based at University College Cork, where nearly 200 scientists are working hard to figure out how the good bacteria in your gut keep you healthy and how they can be used to treat disease. Your clever body can tell if a microbe is good for you or if it is bad and APC scientists are trying to find out how your body knows this. When they find out, they want to make microbes work for mankind – and work hard to keep you healthy!

The education and outreach team at APC helps to take care of the Microbe Magic website.

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