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[Past Event] Combating an Unseen Menace: Viruses and Immunity

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Course Description:

Viruses are disarmingly small and simple, highly infectious and frequently lethal. Although they have evolved to infect nearly all life forms, they are not even considered living. Additionally, they frequently mutate into novel emergent forms. Our primary natural defense is our immune system which is made up of components that are instructed to fight each infection. Unfortunately, it must "learn" how to deal with each new infection. Vaccines are our only ancillary defense but need to be targeted to specific viral attributes. For complicated reasons, typical antibiotics are ineffectual. Viruses are as old as life itself and will always be with us.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 *10:00-11:30am* (4 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Roger Luckenbach, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Director of the Biotechnology and Honors Science programs at Fresno City College. He has taught microbiology, pathophysiology and medical genetics. He was a recipient of a fellowship from Cold Springs Laboratory and invited to participate in several CDC seminar programs.