CHEM 115 AIDS: The Disease and Search for a Cure

Last offered Fall 2013

Since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) in 1983, modern techniques of molecular biology have revealed much about its structure and life cycle. The intensity of the scientific investigation directed at HIV-1 is unprecedented in history. We now know more about this virus than any other known pathogen. However, the early optimism concerning the prospects for an effective AIDS vaccine has now waned and HIV strains that are resistant to drug therapies are common. We are now three decades into the AIDS pandemic and the World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 34 million HIV-infected persons worldwide. After an introduction to chemical structure, we examine the molecular biology of the HIV virus, the molecular targets of anti-HIV drugs, and the prospects for a cure. We look at how HIV-1 interacts with the human immune system and discuss prospects for developing an effective HIV vaccine.
Class Format: lecture, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on problem sets, a midterm, quizzes, a final exam, and a paper/discussion
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Prerequisites: none; designed for the non-science major who does not intend to pursue a career in the natural sciences
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: INST Global Health Studies Electives,PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health
Enrollment Limit: 60
Expected Enrollment: 60
Class Number: 1010
CHEM 115 LEC AIDS:Disease&Search for a Cure Division 3: Science and Mathematics Amy Gehring
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