An introduction to the diverse world of microbes. Topics include the structure, metabolism, identification, and genetics of archaeons, bacteria, and viruses. Special emphasis is placed on interactions between microbes and humans, both in terms of pathogenesis and biotechnology. Laboratory focuses on isolating, identifying, and characterizing bacteria and viruses, using a series of classical and molecular techniques.
BIO 111/113 and 112/114. One laboratory meeting per week. Satisfies Group A.