Fall 2011

The Biology of Catastrophe: Cancer and AIDS

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-108

Formerly listed as: BIOL-08

Faculty

Richard A. Goldsby (Section 01)

Description

AIDS, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is caused by HIV infection and is the result of a failure of the immune system. Cancer is the persistent, uncontrolled and invasive growth of cells. A study of the biology of these diseases provides an opportunity to contrast the normal operation of the immune system and the orderly regulation of cell growth with their potentially catastrophic derangement in cancer and AIDS. A program of lectures and readings will provide an opportunity to examine the way in which the powerful technologies and insights of molecular and cell biology have contributed to a growing understanding of cancer and AIDS. Factual accounts and imaginative portraits will be drawn from the literature of illness to illuminate, dramatize and provide an empathetic appreciation of those who struggle with disease. Finally, in addition to scientific concepts and technological considerations, society's efforts to answer the challenges posed by cancer and AIDS invite the exploration of many important social and ethical issues. Three classroom hours per week.

Limited to 50 students. This course is for non-majors. Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology will be admitted only with permission from the instructor.  Fall semester.  Professor Goldsby. 

Keywords

Science & Math for non-majors

Offerings

2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
 

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