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MC Grease da Disease
Science Film Festival in Indonesia

MC Grease Da Disease© Goethe-Institut Indonesien
Title: MC Grease da Disease
Category: Science Shorts & Non-Verbal
Directors: Camillo Meinhart
Produced by: EU, Horizon 2020
Running Time: 02:44 Minutes
Country: Austria
Year: 2018
Age Guideline: Secondary School (12 - 16)

MC Grease da Disease, A.K.A. Mycoplasma bovis, is a pathogenic bacterium that causes diseases in cows. Unharmed by even antibiotics, he lives unhindered like a rogue in the cow's lung, until the researchers of the project MycoSynVac discover a really ingenious way to fight him off. The scientists take a close relative of MC Grease, called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and make him "an offer he can't refuse". Not unlike in a witness protection program, the scientists provide M. pneumoniae with a totally new identity by reprogramming his genome. By doing that, they’re able to create a synthetic vaccine that trains the cow's own immune defense system—which means that it becomes strong and smart enough to find and kick out M. bovis.