BI 563 DNA Viruses & Cancer (Spring: 3)
BI 204 and BI 304 or BI 414 or BI 440 or permission of the instructor
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.
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