Molecular testing for COVID-19: Why are TWO tests essential for slowing the transmission of virus?
Taught By Professor James Russo
Two diagnostic tests are critical for reducing the continued global transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease: (1) testing of individuals for presence of viral RNA to determine who is currently infected; and (2) testing of individuals for presence of antibodies against the virus to determine who has already been infected and may possess protective immunity against further infection. This lecture will explore the two experimental methods for detecting RNA and antibodies, and discuss how we can use the results from these tests to reduce mortality and morbidity from COVID-19.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology (BBMB)
Professor Russo is a faculty member in the BBMB program, teaching courses in Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Infectious Diseases. His scholarly interests include drug resistance, metabolic diseases of the liver, and the role of vaccines in disease prevention.
COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.