Open Yale CoursesBENG 100: Frontiers of Biomedical EngineeringLecture 9 - Biomolecular Engineering: Engineering of Immunity<< previous session| next session >>Overview:Professor Saltzman talks about the importance of vaccines, and particularly the role of bioengineering invaccine development. He first addresses the question of "what is a vaccine" and the role of the immunesystem. He then describes the biological basis, symptoms, and history of smallpox as a devastating diseaseworldwide, and how--starting with the work of Edward Jenner--an effective vaccine was systematicallydeveloped 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.
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