University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
MICR2000 or BIOC2000
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionViruses have been shown to infect all forms of life and this course provides the fundamental background for studying the way in which viruses interact with their hosts. Surprisingly these interactions may be beneficial as well as deleterious. The course will cover both sides of this dynamic interplay including virus disease in humans, animals and plants as well as molecular aspects of the nature of viruses, their evolution, replication, applications in genetic engineering and gene therapy, detection and control by both vaccines and antiviral strategies. The course will familiarize students with practical skills relevant to the isolation, purification and characterization of animal and plant viruses. These include tissue culture techniques and virus growth, as well as molecular aspects of the detection and study of viral genes and expressed proteins, and the application of virus vectors in cell biology and biotechnology.Course IntroductionViruses are important pathogens of all forms of life. This course provides the fundamental background for studying virus diseases in humans, animals and plants and covers molecular aspects of the nature of viruses, their replication and applications in genetic engineering and gene therapy. The course also covers details of host responses to virus infection as well as their detection and control by both vaccines and antiviral strategies. The subject also seeks to familiarize students with practical skills relevant to the isolation, purification and characterization of animal and plant viruses with a very hands-on practical component. These include tissue culture techniques and virus growth, as well as molecular aspects of the detection and study of viral genes and expressed proteins, and the application of virus vectors in cell biology and biotechnology.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact3 Lecture hours, 3 Practical or Laboratory hoursAssessment SummaryLaboratory Report: 15%Poster: 15%Project Report: 20%Final Exam: 50%
- understand the structure, composition and replication strategies of different virus families.
- understand the impact and exploitation of modern molecular virology on cell biology and biotechnology.
- understand the nature of virus-host interactions from the cell to organism to community level.
- define strategies for control of virus infection including vaccines and antiviral agents.
- understand how to handle live virus preparations and their growth and quantification in cell culture.
- understand the principles and practicalities of virus purification and the molecular analysis of both virus encoded genes and expressed proteins.
- understand the power and versatility of recombinant virus vectors as tools for gene expression.
- perform a range of assays for the molecular diagnosis of virus infections.
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