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91819 Virology

6cp; 5hpw: 1hr (lecture), 1hr (student-led tutorial), 3hrs (laboratory classes, including a 1hr workshop embedded into the practical class time)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Requisite elaboration/waiver:

This subject is currently only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Advanced Science degrees. High performing students in other courses may be permitted to enrol by invitation based on academic merit and availabilty of space.

Recommended studies:

91314 General Microbiology; 91401 Immunology 1; 91132 Molecular Biology 1 (these subjects are not compulsory and students without these subjects may still enrol in this subject)


This subject in virology is designed to provide students with an introduction to viruses and their importance in nature. In this subject students gain a comprehensive understanding of how viruses exist, how they infect cells, and how they replicate within host cells to produce new progeny viruses that themselves are released and are capable of infecting the neighbouring uninfected cells. This knowledge is the basis from which to understand the selective actions of anti-viral drugs, and the capacity of viruses to develop resistance to such agents. The subject also considers of the factors that influence the emergence of viral quasi-species, and new (or re-emerging) viruses in epidemics.

Students also learn about how about the host cells 'see' or 'sense' a virus infection and the main anti-viral immune defence strategies that the host uses to combat the infection. Furthermore, students discuss the ability of viruses to be transforming, i.e. to cause cancer, and consider some of the potential uses of viruses in biotechnology, for example, in vaccination.

In summary, students engage with current issues relevant to viruses and virus infection, be it in the context of medicine, or biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, animal husbandry, agriculture, or environmental sciences, and are asked to consider the importance and impact of viruses to society.

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Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.