Stanley Falkow: Host-Pathogen Interaction and Human Disease

I. Human-Pathogen Interaction
II. Helicobacter pylori and Gastric Cancer

Part I: Human-Pathogen Interaction

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Lecture Overview
Ninety percent of the cells humans carry are microbes. Only a few of the bacteria we encounter are pathogenic and can cause disease. Pathogens possess the inherent ability to cross anatomic barriers or breach other host defenses that limit the microbes that make up our normal flora. A significant part of human evolution has gone into developing ways to thwart microbial intrusion. In turn, microbes have come up with clever ways to avoid and circumvent host defenses but human — microbe interactions is still a “Work in Progress.” When we study pathogens we learn as much about ourselves as we do about them. More >>

Speaker Bio
Stanley Falkow is the Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Medicine, at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been on faculty since 1981. Before that he was on the faculty of the University of Washington and Georgetown University. More >>

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