Introduction to Cancer|
Fall 2013 not offered
There is no doubt that cancer is currently one of the biggest global health problems we face. Although we have made great strides in understanding the underlying mechanisms of the disease and of treatments, millions of people worldwide are still diagnosed with and will succumb to the disease every year. To understand why cancer is still a huge threat, with all the progress that has been made, the basic science of this multifaceted disease will be examined, including the genetic basis of cancer; the role carcinogens, genetics, and infectious diseases play in the development of cancer; the role of the immune system in controlling cancer and how it can be harnessed in new, novel treatments; the basic biochemistry behind chemotherapy; and the basic biology behind preventative strategies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Paul Scotting, CANCER: A BEGINNERS GUIDE. London: Oneworld Publications, 2010. ISBN-10: 1851687556
Siddhartha Mukherjee, THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. New York: Scribner, November 2010. ISBN-10 1439107955
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Grading will be based on the performances on an in-class 75 minute midterm given in week 8 (35%), 3 quizzes given during weeks 4, 7, and 13 (5% each), a group presentation in the second half of the semester (12.5%), a final paper (25%), and overall class participation (12.5%).
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