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Emerging Infectious Diseases

Since the identification of HIV/AIDS in 1981, the world has become more aware of the threat of new diseases, the spillover of diseases from other species to humans, and of the potential for disease carriers, both human and non-human, to amplify diseases through travel and environmental changes. This course works to understand the disease risks that face us by merging perspectives from microbiology, ecology, epidemiology, and human behavior. Where are these pathogens coming from, and where will they go? For a full version of the syllabus, visit National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

DNA, Diet & Disease

This course will examine the ways in which humans manipulate—and have been manipulated by—the organisms we depend on for food. We will begin by discussing the nature of food, and the genetics, evolution, breeding and molecular engineering of domesticated plants and animals. The second part of the course concerns the biology, technology, and politics of food production and the ways in which food affects human health. Dr. Scott Poethig University of Pennsylvania View Syllabus