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Fall 2021
Jul 01, 2022
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BIOL 260 - Select Agents:Biology&Security
In the development of policy for regulation and research, many nations have employed strategies to stratify and assess the risk of various pathogens. In the United States, the primary mode of regulation of the most dangerous biological pathogens and toxins is through the Select Agent Regulations (SARs). These laws restrict access to a list of select agents that have been deemed of significant threat to national and international public health and security. But what makes an agent part of this elite group, how/why did these regulations come about, how do they work, and what results have come from these efforts? In this discussion-based course, students will study the biology and clinical manifestations of historically weaponized agents, the motivations (biological, political, social, cultural) for establishing the Select Agent Regulations (SARs) in the United States, survey their history, and discuss important issues of biological security in the 21st century. To facilitate this learning, students will review primary literature and various regulatory texts, participate in class presentations and discussions, and execute individual research assignments on agents of their choice.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
Medical Humanities

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