This is the second webinar in our two-part series on microbiology. Watch to learn about major virus families, viral structures, and the life cycles of commonly tested diseases, like HIV and hepatitis B.  This webinar will also teach you how to calculate phage titers with respect to bacteriophages and read viral genome

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Relate viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotes

  • Interpret viral experimental results

  • Calculate phage titers and viral infectivity

  • Read and determine viral genome


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The major viral components

  • Virus families and replication methods

  • The interaction of bacteria and viruses through bacteriophage infection

  • Common viral diseases and their life cycles


On the MCAT

  • Viruses are non-living infectious entities and the MCAT likes to test viral diseases because there are many of them

  • HIV and hepatitis A-E are commonly tested, in addition to adenovirus and, most recently, coronaviruses

  • While prions are not technically viruses, they fall under the virus category for the MCAT


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