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SCI 204: Microbiology

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Bacteria, Virus, Flea

Parasitism is discussed in the first section of this program with a comparison of predator- prey and parasite-host relationships. Students will get an understanding of the flea's habits, anatomy and behavior. The structure of bacteria, single-celled organisms, is given in the second section of this program. A comparison of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria is discussed, as well as their harmful and beneficial functions. The last section of this program helps viewers understand what viruses are and how they can infect a host. The influenza virus is highlighted, providing a discussion of vaccination.


An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases affect everyone. They account for 26% of all deaths worldwide, and unlike chronic diseases, they have the potential for explosive global impacts. In An Introduction to Infectious Diseases, get an accessible overview of diseases--from the mundane to the fatal--from a renowned physician who specializes in this topic. This comprehensive course provides the most reliable and up-to-date information.


Microbiomes: Evolution with Small Partners

On the Origin of Species failed to account for a major part of the Tree of Life, namely bacteria and other microorganisms. These represent the original forms of life, and they have played a central role in the evolution of every species since. Study the symbiotic role of microbes in the functioning of plants and animals, and consider the view that all organisms are, in part, microbial.