Antibiotics, Toxins, and Protein Engineering Online Course

Posted: 
Apr 18, 2017
Start Date: 
May 18, 2017
End Date: 
Dec 31, 2017
Application Deadline: 
May 11, 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Course Details

Online Courses

Location of Program

United States

Course Description

The lethal poison Ricin (best known as a weapon of bioterrorism), Diphtheria toxin (the causative agent of a highly contagious bacterial disease), and the widely used antibiotic tetracycline have one thing in common: They specifically target the cell's translational apparatus and disrupt protein synthesis.

In this course, we will explore the mechanisms of action of toxins and antibiotics, their roles in everyday medicine, and the emergence and spread of drug resistance. We will also discuss the identification of new drug targets and how we can manipulate the protein synthesis machinery to provide powerful tools for protein engineering and potential new treatments for patients with devastating diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Bi

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