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Course Detail: BUGS - Fantastic Bugs and How to Fight Them
As humans have been distracted battling each other over the centuries, bacteria and viruses have been finding nearly magical ways to thwart the fortress of the immune system and use humans to grow, thrive, and spread. This is a survey course focusing on the impact of the major emerging disease epidemics of the 20th and 21st centuries. Discussion will focus on the clever methods these pathogens use to spread across the globe, the historical and socio-political impact of these diseases, and the world's response to emerging disease. We will then use this historic context to examine the today's response to the emergence of the Zika and Ebola viruses and how scientists are approaching the spread of disease in an increasingly more global world.

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