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Course SummaryReview introductory microbiology concepts or learn something new with our helpful Intro to Microbiology course. Our video and text lessons easily explain even the most challenging topics so you can get caught up in class, finish your homework or add to your general microbiology knowledge.
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Begin this course with a series of lessons that discuss some of the major elements of cellular biology and the fundamentals of microbiology. Our experienced instructors then take you through more complex topics like disease control and prevention, RNA virus families, the immune system and antiviral drugs. Lessons are brief, less than 10 minutes long each, and can be re-watched as many times as necessary for you to fully grasp the microbiology materials presented by the instructors.
|Biology Review||Brush up on the structures of DNA, differences between DNA and RNA, the elements of biological molecules, and passive/active transport in cells.|
|Microbiology Basics||Take a look at the Germ Theory of Disease, the development of vaccines, the definition of bacteria and the characteristics of cyanobacteria, protozoa, algae and fungi.|
|Bacterial Biology||Examine the structures and functions of bacteria and bacterial cell walls. Also, study bacterial conjugation, bacterial transformation and bacterial transduction. Learn about aerobic and anaerobic bacterial metabolism.|
|Microbiology Laboratory Techniques||Explore examples of simple and differential stains. Find out how to grow bacteria in a lab.|
|Microorganisms and the Environment||Learn about bacteria found in anaerobic environments and in deepwater vent ecosystems. Examine sources of microbial contamination in drinking water.|
|The Disease Process||Study ways to control and prevent disease, including the use of normal human flora. Discover the various transmission routes of infectious disease. Also, explore the differences between types of diseases.|
|Introduction to Viruses||Take a look at the classifications, structures and functions of viruses. Examine how DNA and RNA viruses replicate and mutate.|
|DNA Viruses||Become acquainted with the structure, mode of transmission and diseases of various families of DNA viruses.|
|RNA Viruses||Explore the astroviridae, caliciviridae and coronaviridae families as well as other important RNA virus families. Get to know the modes of transmission and diseases associated with these virus families.|
|Protozoan Diseases||Learn about the causes and transmission of protozoan diseases, including toxoplasmosis, giardia, malaria and sleeping sickness.|
|Fungal Infections||Study various fungal infections, such as yeast infections and ringworm, and examine their symptoms.|
|Foodborne Illnesses and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract||Delve into the common types of foodborne illnesses and find out about their symptoms, causes, treatments and prevention.|
|Sexually Transmitted Diseases||Take a look at the causes, symptoms and treatments for chlamydia trachomatis, gonorrhea and syphilis.|
|Bloodborne Bacterial Diseases||Examine bloodborne bacterial diseases, such as lyme disease, spotted fevers, bubonic and pneumonic plagues, and toxic shock syndrome.|
|Bacterial Diseases of the Respiratory Tract||Develop an understanding of the causes and symptoms of pertussis, tuberculosis, strep throat, bacterial meningitis, among others.|
|Bacterial Skin and Wound Infections||Learn about signs and treatments for staph infection, anthrax, gangrene and tetanus.|
|Immunology and the Body's Defenses Against Pathogens||Become familiar with the immune system and the defense mechanisms of the human body. Get details on the causes of inflammation, the functions of the complement system and the definition of adaptive immunity. Also, delve into the structure of antibodies and types of hypersensitivity.|
|Antimicrobial Drugs||Examine the classes and mechanisms of various antimicrobial drugs. Study how penicillin works and how penicillin-resistant bacteria avoid destruction. Learn about opportunistic infections, including superinfections.|
|Applied Microbiology OR Food and Industrial Microbiology||Explore how bacteria are used to make food and alcohol. Also, get details about the use of bacteria to test for carcinogens and microbes to clean the environment.|
|Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques||Study the various techniques of sterilization, including moist heat, irradiation, filtration and pasteurization. Take a look at the types and uses of chemical disinfectants and peroxide antiseptics.|
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