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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 7.343 (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Adrienne Dolberry 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 7.343 Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms

    Spring 2008

    Course Highlights

    7.343 Sophisticated Survival Skills of Simple Microorganisms

    Spring 2008

    Smiling and frowning microorganisms.
    Simple organisms may become exposed to potentially damaging elements in their environment.  To counter these, they have developed a sophisticated set of cellular stress responses. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

    Course Description

    In this course, we will discuss the microbial physiology and genetics of stress responses in aquatic ecosystems, astrobiology, bacterial pathogenesis and other environments. We will learn about classical and novel methods utilized by researchers to uncover bacterial mechanisms induced under both general and environment-specific stresses. Finally, we will compare and contrast models for bacterial stress responses to gain an understanding of distinct mechanisms of survival and of why there are differences among bacterial genera.

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