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Host Switching and Emerging Diseases

Next weeks topic will be on West Nile Virus. Readings for 10/27/08 are: 1)Jerzak-et-al 2)Ebel-et-al Meanwhile the writing topic due next week is unchanged from the syllabus:   Plasmodium falciparum is an extremely difficult organism to eradicate and has developed resistance to most antimalarials. Explain why the way antimalarials have been […]

Writing Projects

I want to write a little bit about your writing projects. First: do not worry too much about the grading of the papers. What I will mostly be looking for when I figure your grade will be improvement over the semester. After all, I want you to learn, so I wouldn’t […]

Readings for 10/20/08

Lets talk about antimicrobial resistance! Special guest Roland Cooper will visit us to talk about: falciparum malaria and chloroquine resistance. Here are your two readings for next week. Malaria Chloroquine Resistance Hastings These two readings are on eReserve as “Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance gene” and “Hastings – A requiem for […]

Cancer modeling and writing project

Some take away points from the cancer lecture: Cancer evolution that Dr. Forrest described is different from evolution of other traits. Cell level evolution: Evolution in the computer modeling of Dr. Forrest is selection on the human cell level. It is not evolution on the individual or population level. For […]


Writing project (10/13/08) Choose one: a) Dengue fever immobilizes its adult victims. Does immobilization help or hurt the transmission of the virus? How is dengue different from the common cold? What are three ways that pathgens can be transmitted? How does the way something is transmitted affect its virulence? b) […]

Handout for 9/22/08 & Articles for 9/29/08

all-stings-considered Click above for the lecture handout for 9/22/08 Articles for the “journal club” are slightly different from those posted in the syllabus. They include: Effects of Artificial Light function of the appendix evolution-and-hypertension factor V Leiden benefit psychosis and infection For 9/29/08 the class will divide into 5 groups. […]

Writing Project for 9/22/08

From the syllabus: Writing project (due next session): Some illnesses make you feel bad, but you can still go about your business: e.g upper respiratory infections caused by rhinoviruses. Other infections wipe you out and you can’t get out of bed. Is it in the rhinovirus’s best interest to keep […]

All Stings Considered…

The subject of the next lecture 9/22/08 will be evolutionary considerations of venoms, toxins, and antibodies to these molecules. What is the difference between a venom and a toxin? Are biologic toxins different from organic toxins? Who benefits from a toxin?  (not including Phillip Morris 🙂 ) What if a “toxin” actually […]