Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ancient Viruses on Six Minute English

Hello everybody. First, let me apologise for a long silence. But now I am back at work and in Rome, and ready to share another Six Minute English quiz with you.

It's that time of year again: all sorts of viruses are waiting to get us. You may already have had flu (influenza) or a cold. Both conditions are caused by viruses. In Britain, the ugly Winter Vomiting Virus was making news headlines over Christmas. This virus causes a very unpleasant condition, indicated by its name, which is unfortunately found in many hospitals.

So let's find out more about viruses. (Computer viruses are another story). On today's Six Minute English we will hear William and Helen talking about ancient viruses. Read the questions and then listen to the programme.

Question 1 (Official): How many genes do human beings have?
a) between 10,000 and 25,000 b) between 100,000 and 250,000 or c) between 1 million and 2.5 million.

For these questions, insert a word, number or phrase which completes the sentence according to the programme:

2. Research was conducted on ____ different mammals, including ____, _____, _____ and ______. (Four different mammals.)


3. Viruses which we carry now infected our common ancestors at least ____________ years ago.

4. Some viruses are good, and one example has helped to ______ the _______ _______.

5. By studying ancient viruses, scientists can learn more about _________ and ________ .

Now listen to the programme. Write your answers on the Tag Board, or in a comment. And I encourage as many readers as possible to participate. It makes us all feel part of a learning community. Last time just two people took part. But the time before, on "The Island that Got Lost", we had six participants. On of them was a student from a class last year. This was really encouraging, and hope it will happen again.

Don't forget that for more community activities, you can write for our Students' Magazine. It's called "English Actually". Come and join us!

More very soon,
Yours,
Mike

3 comments:

Alessandro Bonelli said...

Here my answers to questions.

1. There are between 10000 and 25000 genes in human beings.
2. Research was conducted on 38 different mammals, including humans, mice, elephants and dolphins.
3. Viruses which we carry now infected our common ancestors at least a hundred million years ago.
4. Some viruses are good, and one example has helped to develop the female placenta.
5. By studying ancient viruses, scientists can learn more about cancers and infections.

Cristian Massimi said...

Here my answers:

1) human beings have between 10,000 and 25,000 genes.
2) Research was conducted on 38 different mammals, includinghumans, mice, elephants and dolphins.
3) a hundred million years ago.
4) Some viruses helped the evolution. For example the protein syncytin evolved from a virus and has helped develop the female placenta.
5)By studying ancient viruses, scientists can learn more about cancers and infections

Ilaria said...

My answers are:
a)
2) human, mice, elephants and dolphins
3) one hundred million
4)to develop the female placenta
5) cancers and infections