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Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering - Lecture 9

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Lecture 9 - Biomolecular Engineering: Engineering of Immunity

Professor Saltzman talks about the importance of vaccines, and particularly the role of bioengineering in vaccine development. He first addresses the question of "what is a vaccine" and the role of the immune system. He then describes the biological basis, symptoms, and history of smallpox as a devastating disease worldwide, and how--starting with the work of Edward Jenner--an effective vaccine was systematically developed from cow lesions. Next, methods to deliver vaccine to a wide population are introduced. Finally, Professor Saltzman touches on the possible reemergence of smallpox as weapon for bioterrorism.

Prof. W. Mark Saltzman
BENG 100 Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2008
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-01-06
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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1. Summary and Key Concepts: Chapter 15 (pdf)



 

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