BIOL 334

BIOL 334 VIROLOGY

BIOL 334 VIROLOGY

Calendar Description of the course: An introduction to virus structure, biochemistry, replication and pathogenesis.  Representatives from the different prokaryotic and animal virus families will be used to demonstrate the structural, biochemical, and molecular characteristics of the different virus groups.  Includes discussion on the molecular mechanisms of replication and cellular/molecular viral pathogenesis.  PREREQUISITES : In order to take this course you must have the following pre-requisites: Min. C- BIOL 210. It is strongly recommended that you also had taken BIOL 212 (Genetics)

SCOPE OF THE COURSE AND GENERAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

            Viruses are “entities” studied by some microbiologists.  They are fascinating because although they are acellular and cannot be considered as “true living” organisms, they cannot be considered as “non living” either…or are they?  Some biologist would say that viruses are simply selfish pieces of nucleic acids, which had managed to be propagated by all kinds of organisms.  One thing is true, with their amazing diversity it is not surprising to find that there at least one virus for just about each living organism that inhabits this planet (cockroaches appear to be the exception so far).  In this course with will cover the basics of virus structure, biochemistry, replication, pathogenesis and diversity.   Some of the topics listed below will be discussed in more depth while others will be discussed mostly to show how virology interacts with other scientific disciplines.  The list below depicts a general overview of the topics to be covered: Viruses as Disease Causing Agents, Nature and characterization of viruses, Replication strategies of Specific viral groupsI

A- COURSE INFORMATION

Instructor for lectures and labs

Dr. M. Mercedes Hernandez Building 370 office 117 Phone (250) 753 3245 local 2320 e-mail  Mercedes.Hernandez@viu.ca

Laboratory information: in the labs you will use classical and molecular techniques to study bacteria viruses, the tobacco mosaic virus, canine parvovirus and insect baculoviruses

 

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