BME122H: Extreme Environmental Virology


This is a one quarter integrated course studying life in extreme environments with an emphasis on the viruses that live there. The course will integrate aspects of virology, molecular biology and computational biology. Our field study area will be the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, where we will investigate a high-salt extreme environment. We will use DNA extraction methods to find molecular evidence of the organisms that live there and we will describe the genetic content of viruses and the community living in those high-salt ponds. One major term project will be assigned and will include a written journal-style paper with in-class presentations of your work.

Enrollment is restricted to Crown and Cowell honors students or by permission of the instructor.

5 Credits


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