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BIOL 5360 Viruses, Genes & Evolution (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

By definition, viruses are absolutely dependent on host infection for their existence. As a consequence, most viruses are exquisitely well-adapted to their respective hosts. Hosts, in turn, have evolved numerous countermeasures to prevent viral infection. This course will focus on the molecular interplay between viruses and their hosts, and how this genetic arms-race plays out over vastly different timescales (within an infected individual, within and between host populations, and ultimately, across millions of years of virus-host co-evolution).


Instructor(s): Welkin Johnson

Prerequisites: BIOL 2040, a genetics course (BIOL 3150, BIOL 3190, BIOL 4170) and a course in molecular or cell biology (such as BIOL 3040, BIOL 4400, or BIOL 4140) or instructor permission.

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Comments: Satisfies the advanced experience requirement for the Biology major.


Last Updated: 10-Jan-14