Pathogens & Parasites

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Essential Questions: 

What are the biological factors that cause disease?

How can we characterize parasites?

How can we characterize the host-parasite relationship? 

What adaptations do disease-causing organisms use to evade attack by the host?

How do organisms, humans and others, combat disease?

How does disease affect entire populations of organisms?




Understanding the essential structure and function of prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoan, and metazoan parasites

Investigation of microbes in our surrounding environment 

Complexity of the human microbiome

Understanding of molecular biology techniques such as PCR, gene sequencing, bacterial transfection

Antibiotic production by bacteria and fungi

Plant defenses against parasites

Mechanisms of innate and acquired immunity in humans

Epidemiology of cholera and HIV 

New pharmaceutical drug development

Skills and Processes: 

*Thinking critically through scientific reasoning

*Learning to work collaboratively

*Experimental design

*Using a computer to organize data

*Representing data visually as graphs, figures, charts, etc.




 *Tests and quizzes

*Laboratory work and lab reports
*Class participation



Biology  (Campbell, AP 8th edition)

current media resources

scientific journal articles

various news and data websites