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A - Advanced

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Parasites live on the surface or within the bodies of a host, feeding off host fluids or tissues.  Because parasites do not directly kill the host, a parasitic infection may persist indefinitely, sometimes decades in the case of long-lived hosts.  Parasites include tiny, single-celled organisms as well as worms that can reach many meters in length.  This course will explore the biology of parasites, with a focus on those species that affect humans and domestic animals.  Some of the most prevalent human diseases, such as malaria and schistosomiasis, are caused by parasites.  Students will learn about the evolution of complex life histories and the various means of evading the host’s immune system employed by parasites.  We will meet twice a week for lecture and discussion of reading from the primary literature as well as the popular literature.  Students will take turns presenting material on specific issues and examples they have research.  Evaluation based on quality of contribution o class discussions, presentation, and several short written assignments.


Invertebrate Zoology; permission of instructor.

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