Biological Perspectives on HIV and AIDS4 units
Conservative estimates predict that more than 40 million people worldwide will be infected with HIV by the end of this century. The vast majority will go on to develop AIDS, creating one of the most serious medical crises in recorded history. This course will examine the molecular biology of both the virus and the immune system that it destroys. The history of the disease also will be traced and compared to current theories of HIV transmission and the potential for effective therapies and vaccines. The biology of the virus will be related at each step to issues of public policy and human behavior.
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