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An Infectious Cure
Dustin J. Eno
Annie Prud’homme Genereux
This four-part interrupted case on phage therapy was developed for a freshmen non-majors course in molecular biology. The case begins with a story inspired by real events where Europeans imposed a treatment for cholera on the unwilling population of an Indian village in the 1920s. Students are introduced to treatments for bacterial infection and discuss the appropriateness of imposing a medical treatment on a population. They also learn about the anatomy and life cycle of bacteriophages, evaluate the risks associated with using live agents as treatments, and compare the relative advantages and disadvantages associated with antibiotics and phage therapy. The case would be appropriate for use in non-majors courses in biology, microbiology, bioethics, or public health. Suggestions for modifying the case for biology majors are provided in the teaching notes.
|Keywords:||Phage therapy; bacteriophage; virus; bacteria; antibiotic resistance; cholera; infectious disease; India|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Type/Method:||Analysis (Issues), Discussion, Interrupted|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Molecular Biology Evolutionary Biology Microbiology Public Health Pharmacy / Pharmacology Medicine (General) Biochemistry|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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