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Course Description

We will survey the diverse biology of microbes responsible for human infectious disease, develop and apply ecological and evolutionary theory to infectious microbes, and provide practical experience interpreting and synthesizing the peer-reviewed scientific literature. The discovery of infectious microbes, the role of genetic novelty, population structure and transmission mode, and the influence of clinical therapies and host immune response will be considered. Evaluation will be based on preparation, participation, weekly student presentations, brief weekly written assignments, a midterm and a final. Expected: BIOL 0200 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 25 first year students and sophomores. Instructor permission required. LILE