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B6. Microbes and Us: Some Complicated Relationships

  • 10/26/2021
  • 11/30/2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 10/26/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 11/02/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 11/09/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
  • 11/16/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
  • 11/30/2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EST)
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Although we cannot see them with the naked eye, microorganisms are all around us, as well as in us. In fact, modern civilization depends on man's ability to manipulate microorganisms. This class will begin with a basic introduction to microorganisms, including some viruses, bacteria, and yeast. We'll then examine some of our complex relationships with microorganisms in more detail. Topics will include our microbiome, antibiotics/antibiotic resistance, and fermentation. We'll also discuss how microbial genes have provided the foundation for modern biotechnology. 

INSTRUCTORClare O’Connor received her Ph.D. from Purdue and did postdoctoral research at UCLA and Caltech. She moved to Shrewsbury in 1984 to take a faculty position at the former Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. She then joined the Biology Department at Boston College, where she taught courses in genetics and molecular cell biology before retiring in 2018. 


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