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PART I. INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1.THE GREAT EPIDEMIC BATTLES
Coronavirus – SARS, MERS, and COVID-19
Why do some diseases die out while others become endemic?
CHAPTER 2. THE NOT-SO-GREAT BIOWARFARE BATTLES
PART II. KNOW YOUR GERM ENEMY
CHAPTER 3. GERM STRATEGY
Germ Size and Number
Protozoan, Worm, and Prion Structures
CHAPTER 4. WEAPONS THAT GERMS USE
Weapons that Bacteria Use
Weapons that Viruses Use
Weapons that Protozoans and Helminths Use
Weapons that Fungi Use
PART III. KNOW YOURSELF
The Human Strategy
CHAPTER 5. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Innate (natural) Immunity
Cells of Innate Immunity
Molecules of Innate Immunity
Adaptive (Acquired) Immunity
Humoral (antibody-mediated) Immunity (B-lymphocytes)
Primary and Secondary Response
Cell-mediated Immunity (T-lymphocytes)
When Things Go Wrong
Insufficient Immune Response
Excessive Immune Response (Cytokine Storm)
CHAPTER 6. ANTIMICROBIAL DRUGS
CHAPTER 7. ACTIVE AND PASSIVE IMMUNIZATION
Active Immunization (Vaccination)
“Hey, does the COVID vaccine really work!? I got COVID again, even after taking the booster shot!”
Why by now don’t we have a vaccine for every type of invading organism?
Passive Immunization (Antibodies)
CHAPTER 8. ALLEVIATING THE PATIENT’S SYMPTOMS
CHAPTER 9. PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS
How effective are masks?
How effective are lockdowns?
PART IV. BIOWARFARE
Category A, B, and C Diseases
CHAPTER 10. BIOWARFARE OFFENSE STRATEGY
CHAPTER 11. BIOWARFARE DEFENSE STRATEGY
Should bioweapons research be banned?
CHAPTER 12. LABORATORY TESTING FOR ANTIGEN AND ANTIBODY
Sensitivity vs. Specificity
Testing for Antigen
What does a positive antigen test mean?
What does a negative antigen test mean?
Testing for Antibody
What does a positive antibody test mean?
What does a negative antibody test mean?
APPENDIX I. DNA REPLICATION, TRANSCRIPTION,
CHAPTER 13. DNA REPLICATION
What is a protein?
What is a gene?
Replication of DNA
Transposons and Plasmids
CHAPTER 14. TRANSCRIPTION OF DNA INTO RNA
CHAPTER 15. TRANSLATION OF RNA INTO PROTEINS
APPENDIX II. HOW TO EVALUATE A NEW TREATMENT
Is it safe?
Does it really work?