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BIO 299 Pathology/Microbial-Environmental Interactions Paper

You will pick a microorganism for your paper on pathology or microbe-environment interactions. The organism cannot be one of the ones your instructor goes over during lecture listed in the syllabus. Select a pathogen/microbe from current events that is an emerging or reemerging concern to you or people in your area. Provide local epidemiological data/statistics for the organism.

Note this cannot be covid-19, Ebola, flu, clostridium botulinum, Hepatitis C, Anthrax, MRSA. These has been discussed already. Choose something in Africa or the US. 

Your paper must include:

Introduction to the organism (structure, cell type, morphology, metabolic requirements, natural reservoir, history, etc.)

Introduction to the disease(s) caused by the organism (epidemiology, signs, symptoms, etc.) OR introduction to the environmental impact of the organism

List and describe factors employed by the organism to assist in its growth, reproduction, culture conditions, host/pathogen interactions and/or virulence. (e.g., nitrogen fixation, symbiotic interactions etc.) Categorize virulence factors by mechanisms of action (Immunity Avoidance, Tissue/Cell Lysis, Colonization/Spread)

Discussion of treatment/prevention options for the disease(s) caused by the organism (Antibiotics or other chemotherapeutics given as part of treatment and their mechanisms of action, Vaccines available and type)

The paper should be a minimum of 5 pages of relevant and informative material that covers all of the content and requirements listed below and in the rubric. The 5 pages does not include the title and reference pages. The paper should thoroughly inform the reader.

APA format. This includes citations and references.

Title page must have a title, student name, instructor name, course title, and date.

No direct quotes; put information into your own words or paraphrase.

Minimum of three (3) primary and at least two (2) secondary scholarly sources, plus any other references used. You also must include in-text citations.

1-inch margins

Double-spaced

12 point, Times New Roman

After uploading to Turnitin, your paper will be scored for similarity. Anything above 18% similarity should be worked on further and uploaded again before the due date. 

Over 18 % similarity and/or no references will result in an automatic zero on the paper.

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