CHEM 115
AIDS: The Disease and Search for a Cure Fall 2023
Division III
Cross-listed STS 115
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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 pathogen. However, the early optimism concerning the prospects for an effective AIDS vaccine has not yet materialized, and HIV strains that are resistant to drug therapies are common. We are now four decades into the AIDS pandemic, and the World Health Organization estimates that there are more than 38 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 strategies for developing an effective HIV vaccine.
The Class: Format: lecture; three hours per week
Limit: 32
Expected: 32
Class#: 1078
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, a midterm, quizzes, a final exam, and a presentation/discussion
Prerequisites: none; designed for the non-science major who does not intend to pursue a career in the natural sciences
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, juniors, sophomores, then first-year students
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CHEM 115 Division III STS 115 Division II
Attributes: PHLH Biomedical Determinants of Health

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