Credits: 3

Terms Offered: Fall

Instructor: Boris A. Vinatzer

Prerequisites: BIOL 2604; one of the following: BIOL 2104 or BIOL 2004.


Concepts of comparative and evolutionary genomics for pathogen characterization and identification are taught through case studies of bioterrorism, involuntary and voluntary disease transmission, infectious disease epidemics, and genetically modified organisms. Emphasis is placed on unambiguous source attribution of a disease outbreak to a particular microbe, risk assessment, response as individual, community, and nation to a bioterrorism attack or disease outbreak, federal biosecurity regulations, and career opportunities.

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