Got Beef? The Story Behind Antibiotics and Livestock

Disease Detectives
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Earlier this year I got the chance to work as the crew of high school staff in the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center ( at the museum to create a series of web-based videos about infectious diseases for the Disease Detectives exhibit. We worked from January through August learning video production skills, learning about different infectious disease topics, talking to experts and folks on the museum floor. We're just getting the videos online now, and all of our videos will be on the exhibit website soon ( but I wanted to share them here as well.

For this video, titled "Got Beef? The Story Behind Antibiotics and Livestock" the crew to a slaughter house on in South St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Health, U of M St. Paul (at 7AM to see the cows grazing), Mississippi Market Co-op, and did hours of research, prep, and post production.
Got Beef? The Story Behind Antibiotics and Livestock from Disease Detectives on Vimeo.

You can check out the video here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Sarah's picture
Sarah says:

These are very well done! Nice work!

I just put the latest two videos up on the Disease Detectives exhibit website, check them out:

posted on Fri, 11/05/2010 - 12:34pm
mikaela 's picture
mikaela says:

where is the disease detectives exhibit?

posted on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 5:48pm
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addison says:


posted on Tue, 03/29/2011 - 10:55am
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Anonymous says:

the showing of how all this bacteria and parasites are spread is amazing, who knew that they could be spread or gotten so easily. it makes one think about the decissions in life they make such as washing there hands correctly to sneazing etc. this showing is a great learning experience; great job

daniel h

posted on Fri, 04/01/2011 - 6:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why does your body not fite all yhe germs off.

posted on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 3:37pm
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Anonymous says:

this is pretty cool!(:

posted on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:55am
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firebud says:

this is kool ppl should read this

posted on Tue, 06/28/2011 - 10:41am
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greenguy says:

Appreciated the article and the video. I think this is so scary. One of the mentioned antibiotics being used in treating cows (which by the way sounds like a lot of prophylactic use is going on) is tetracycline. For those of you who don't know much about tetracycline, first of all, it's a great antibiotic, kills lots of bad things. However, what it does to the baby in utero is stain the baby's adult teeth! Yep, that's true, babies whose mom's took tetracycline have gray adult teeth. I need to check, but I bet anything the pharmacy institutions wouldn't be held responsible for the damage either. Makes me think maybe vegetarians might be the way to go.

posted on Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:17am

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