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BIOL 5630 DNA Viruses & Cancer (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

It is estimated that 15-20% of human cancers worldwide have viral etiology. There are several DNA viruses, including Human Papillomaviruses, Adenoviruses, Epstein-Barr virus, Herpes virus type 8, Hepatitis B and C viruses and Merkel cell polyomavirus that are associated with different types of cancer. This course is focused on these DNA tumor viruses, their replication cycles and the cellular transformation pathways leading to different cancers (including cervical cancer, Burkitt's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, a subset of T-cell lymphoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, Kaposi's sarcoma and Merkel cell carcinoma), and therapeutic strategies. Students will be exposed to both lectures and presentations of research papers.


Instructor(s): Junona Moroianu

Prerequisites: BIOL2040 and BIOL3040 or BIOL4140 or BIOL4400 or permission of the instructor.

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Last Updated: 13-May-15