Courses: Toxins and Ancient Immunity (BIOLH371E01)
This seminar will explore the most ancient mechanisms of immunity in animals, referred to collectively as the "innate immune system." We will discuss the physiological challenges of identifying pathogenic invaders - and the toxins the produce - as well as our emerging knowledge of the innate defense strategies animals possess to provide the most rapid and robust mechanisms of biological resistance. The solutions offered by nature are surprisingly clever, allowing species such as ours to survive in the teeming midst of microorganisms that can evolve (and counter-evolve) much more rapidly than we do.
Fulfills: NA II
Haverford, Shrp 412