Courses: Perspectives in Biology: The Vexations of Vaccines (BIOLH129E01)
Vaccines exploit the memory of our immune systems, specifically their ability to produce an overwhelming defensive response to the second exposure to a pathogen. First used as a treatment for smallpox by Chinese and Turks in the 15th century, vaccination is now the cornerstone of preventative health programs and has eradicated some diseases worldwide. In this course, we will discuss the history of vaccination, its biological and cellular bases, and the difficulties involved in generating vaccines for current scourges. Finally, we will critically evaluate the controversies surrounding vaccination in some communities. One half semester. Enrollment limited to 30.
Fulfills: NA II
Haverford, Shrp 217