The morphology, physiology, and genetics of bacteria as well as the structure and replication of viruses are studied. The laboratories stress aseptic technique, microscopic observation, bacterial physiology, and identification of unknowns. Three class hours plus three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Bio 152 or permission of the instructor.
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The study of the immune system and its role in maintaining the physiological integrity of multicellular organisms against infection, malignancy and transplantation. Specifically, the following concepts are studied: structure and function of antibodies and antigens, biology of lymphocytes and their interaction, immunoregulation, and immunopathology. Three class hours plus two recitation hours per week. Prerequisites: Biology 152 and any 200 level course..
From Bubonic Plague to AIDS - A History of Infectious Disease 109
Infectious disease has and continues to have a profound influence on man and his environment. Bubonic plague, smallpox, syphilis, typhus, polio, malaria, TB and AIDS will be studied as specific examples of infectious diseases. The biology of the microbes involved, their epidemiology, resulting pathology and control will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the historical, political and social consequences of the infectious disease. A Muhlenberg's Scholar Seminar.
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Medical Microbiology 326
The relationship of microorganisms to human disease. Concepts of pathogenesis,
oncogenesis, chemotherapy, epidemiology and diagnosis are presented. The
laboratories stress aseptic technique, microscopic observation, and the
biochemical and serological identification of medical unknowns. Three class
hours plus three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Biology 225.
TOP TEN REASONS TO STUDY MICROBIOLOGY
10. Methane production
9. Contamination of food and petroleum
8. Food production: dairy products (cheese, yogurt and buttermilk); sauerkraut, pickles, some sausages; baked goods, alcoholic beverages, fructose, aspartame and citric acid
7. Biological warfare
6. Genetic engineering
5. Ruminant digestion in cattle and sheep - no bacteria, no cattle or sheep
4. Plant and animal diseases
3. Nitrogen fixation, oxygen production and the geo-chemical recycling
2. The only example of procaryotes
1. Human diseases:
colds, flu, pneumonia; AIDS; cancers; food-poisoning
World annual mortality in millions:
All infectious diseases (mostly children) over 20
Respiratory tract infections 4
Diarrheal infections 2
Last Update: 10/22/02