GUTSY

The Card Game

A game about the microbes
that make you... you!

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Each of us has a community of microbes that lives in our digestive system. Scientists call this community our gut microbiome. It plays many important roles in our bodies, like helping to digest food, regulating our immune system, preventing diseases, and even affecting our appetites and our emotions.

Many things, like what we eat and drink, who we interact with, and the medicines that we take, influence the kinds of microbes that live in our gut. A diverse microbiome is good for our health!

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# OF PLAYERS: 2-4
PLAYING TIME: 15-20 minutes
TO WIN: Be the first to diversity your gut microbiome by collecting 6 microbes. But beware of picking up a pathogen!

More About GUTSY

Meet the Microbes

Here are eight microbes that you’ll meet in the game. Can you master how to pronounce their names? (Try to say each five times fast!)

tenericutes

TENERICUTES
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The name Tenericutes comes from the Latin for "soft skin," because they lack cell walls.

verruco-microbia

VERRUCO-MICROBIA
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Verrucomicrobia translates to "warty bacteria" - named because of the bumps on their cell surfaces.

cyanobacteria

CYANOBACTERIA
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Although most cyanobacteria are photosynthetic and live in aquatic habitats, they make up a small portion of the gut microbiome.

actinobacteria

ACTINOBACTERIA
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Actinobacteria are very common on your skin, but also make up a small proportion of the gut microbiome.

proteobacteria

PROTEOBACTERIA
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Proteobacteria come in a variety of forms. They're named after the Greek god Proteus who could change shape

microbe-firmicutes

FIRMICUTES
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Firmicutes is one of the most abundant types of bacteria in the gut microbiome. It becomes more common after eating high-calorie foods.

bacteroidetes

BACTEROIDETES
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Bacteroidetes are very common in gut microbiomes of humans as well as other animals.

pathogen

PATHOGEN
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Pathogens are microorganisms that can cause disease. Sometimes they are transmitted when a person ingests contaminated food or water.