The Science of Human Health: Microbiology and Immunology|
Spring 2009 not offered
Studying the molecular and cellular biology of disease-causing viruses and bacteria, we will survey the basic mechanisms that they deploy to colonize and harm our bodies. We will also learn about the cells and macromolecules that comprise our immune system, how they act in concert to detect and combat disease, or in certain instances, cause autoimmune disease. A case-study approach will be pursued to join these two subjects and illustrate the complex interplay between pathogens and the immune system that allows us to successfully combat certain diseases, become persistently infected by others, or succumb to debilitating or fatal illnesses.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Lauren Sompayrac, How the Immune System Works, 1999, Blackwell Science, Malden, Massachusetts, along with selected chapters and articles distributed to the class
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Two in-class exams and a final paper that will be presented orally in class
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No previous background in microbiology or immunology is assumed, but knowledge of common elementary biological vocabulary is needed (e.g. by exposure to a good high school biology course covering both molecular and cellular biology).
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