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Pandemic Comparison Project: Pandemic Comparison Project Lesson 3


Lesson #3

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Pathogenesis Virulence factors Disease reservoirs
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Public health/government interaction Notable scientists Social/global events that impacted pandemic
Technology and epidemiology Race and public health Koch’s postulates in pandemic response



Purpose Statement:

To evaluate the similarities and differences between the viral structures of MERS and SARS-CoV-1 and its influence on the viral lifecycle.

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Search Terms Used: 

  • "MERS" 
  • "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome"
  • "SARS-CoV-1"
  • Camels
  • Bats 
  • "Spike Protein"
  • "Epithelial Cells"
  • GI Tract
  • Alveoli

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Thesis Statement:

The Spike Proteins ACE 1 and DPP4 affect the virulence and pathogenicity of the viruses that cause MERS and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.