Course Info: NS-0124

CourseNS-0124 HIV/AIDS 35 Years Later
Long TitleHIV/AIDS: 35 Years Later
Note(s) Satisfies Distribution
Textbook information
Meeting InfoCole Science Center 316 on M,W from 1:00-2:20
FacultyMegan Dobro
Distribution(s) Physical and Biological Sciences
Cumulative Skill(s)Independent Work
Multiple Cultural Perspectives
Additional InfoIn this course students are generally expected to spend at least 6 to 8 hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.

When the HIV virus was first identified as the cause of AIDS, people never imagined there would still be no cure 35 years later. What's happened in all that time? What is taking so long? In this seminar, we read about the milestones of HIV research and discussed why finding a cure or vaccine has proven to be very difficult. Students learned about the life cycle of the HIV virus, methods of transmission, current tools for research, and social and political issues associated with the epidemic. We examined different approaches to studying HIV and assessed what is still unknown about its biology. This was a science course taught by a biologist, with a bit of a social science lens. Students studied beginner molecular biology in this course.