Learn about the immune system with respect to the mechanism of some diseases that threaten it. Investigate the arsenal of defenses your body uses to keep you healthy. See these cells in action as we identify the types of cells involved in an immune response and how an innate response differs from an acquired response. Observe biochemical techniques such as Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) based on antigen-antibody interactions, and see how scientists detect the presence of antibodies and antigens in biological samples. Find out about “Disease Hunters,” doctors turned detectives who track diseases through the microscopic world of deception and intrigue.
Students will need access to a computer, webcam, and internet. They will meet electronically using an online platform called Moodle. Login instructions will be sent to the email address associated with the account in advance of the class start date. For questions related to supplies or if you need technical assistance including accessing required equipment or the internet please call 503-200-5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Supplies for class: notebook for class notes
For DNA extraction activity:
1-2 strawberries, 1 re-sealable plastic bag, 2-4 tsp dish detergent, 1/2 cup water, 2-4 plastic cups , 2 coffee filters, 0.5 cup cold rubbing alcohol and 1 coffee stirrer
For fingerprinting activity: One pencil (sharpened) , transparent tape , sheet of paper, a plastic cup