BI 536 Viruses, Genes, & Evolution (Spring: 3)
BI204, a genetics course (BI315, BI319 or BI417) and a course in molecular or cell biology (such as BI304, BI440 or BI414) or instructor permission.
Satisfies the advanced experience requirement for the Biology major.
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
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