Course No.

NSCI 231


Bacteria, Viruses, and Cancer: Perspectives on Human Disease


Arnold J. Levine, President, The Rockefeller University; Sidney Strickland, Dean and Vice President for Educational Affairs; Terry Gaasterland, Head, Laboratory of Computational Genomics; Elizabeth Hanson, Historian and Course Administrator


Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Rockefeller Univ.

What is the biology behind human diseases? How are therapies developed? What can we learn from the genomes of microbes and the organisms they infect? How has this knowledge developed in the last century, and what has been its place in society, politics, and culture? In this course we will read and talk about three cases: bacterial diseases, viral diseases (in particular AIDS), and cancer. Each case will be examined from four perspectives: biology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, and history. A van will leave from Bard at 2:30 pm. Dinner will be provided to students by Rockefeller Univ.