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Upcoming seminars:


April 29, 2011
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"Evolutionary conserved transcriptional response toward BMP signaling in developing mouse and xenopus embryos"

Ken Cho, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California Irvine

102 Jones Hall

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 Courses Offered by the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology  

The department offers lecture and laboratory courses.  Following the list of course names is a brief description of each class, including any prerequisites, as well as links to syllabi. Click on the course name to go directly to its description.  Click here for a printable list of courses.   


Undergraduate Courses

1010 - General Biology (3)
1030 - Heredity and Society (3)
1035 - (Formerly 1060) - Heredity and Society Laboratory (1)
1891 - Service Learning
2050 - Genetics (3)
2115 - (Formerly 2110) - General Biology Laboratory (1)
2220 - Exploring Careers in Medicine (1)
3315 - Cellular Neuroscience Laboratory (1)
3750/6750 - (Formerly 3010/7010) - Cell Biology (3)
3755/6755 - (Formerly 3020/7020) - Cell Biology Laboratory (1)
3050/6050 - (Formerly 3050/7050) - Foundations of Pharmacology
3030/6030 - (Formerly 3110/7110) - Molecular Biology (3)
3035/6035 - (Formerly 3120/7120) - Molecular Biology Laboratory (1)
3210/6210 - Cellular Physiology (3)
3310/6310 - Cellular Neuroscience (3)
3320/6320 - Systems Neuroscience (3)
3325/6325 - (Formerly 3340/7340) - Neuroanatomy Laboratory (1)
3890 - Service Learning (1)
4010/6010 - Cellular Biochemistry (3)
4110/6110 - Cells and Tissues (4)
4130/6130 - Embryology (3)
4160/6160 - Developmental Biology (3)
4200/7200 General Endocrinology (3)
4220/6220 - Microbiology (3) 
4225/6225 - (Formerly 4230/7230) - Microbiology Laboratory (1)
4240 - Seminar on Morbidity and Mortality (3) *
4250 - Principles in Immunology (3) *
4260 - Principles of Biomedical Writing (3) *
4340/6340 - Neurobiology of Disease (3)
4350/6350 - Developmental Neurobiology (3)
4370/6370 - Molecular Neurobiology (3)
4440/6440 - Advanced Molecular Biology (3)
4560,4570 - Internship Studies (1-3,1-3)
4660/6660 - Special Topics in Cell & Molecular Biology (1-3)
4710/6710 - Molecular Biology of Cancer (3)
4780/6780 - Developmental Genetics (3)
4880 - Writing Practicum (1)
4910,4920 - Independent Studies (1-3,1-3) **
4950,4960 - Special Projects in Cell and Mol Biology (1-3,1-3)**
H4990, H5000 - Honors Thesis (3,4)
*

* Capstone
** Capstone upon instructor approval

 


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


 

 

 CELL 1010:  General Biology. [3] 

Taught by Drs. Thien and Vijayaraghavan.  A study of phenomenology and fundamental concepts that apply to all living systems.  Major topics include:  cell biology, physiology, genetics, and development.  Back to Top.

Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Spring 2010
Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Fall 2008
Syllabus, section 02 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Fall 2008
Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Spring 2008
Syllabus, section 02 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Fall 2007
Syllabus - Dr. Vijaraghavan, Summer 2007
Syllabus - Dr. Vijaraghavan, Spring 2007

 


CELL 1030: Heredity and Society. [3]

Taught by Drs. Boudaba and Dotson.  The nature, scope, and implication of recent accomplishments in genetics.  A consideration of human birth defects, hereditary diseases, and the potential of the human species to manipulate its own genes.  Satisfies the college non-laboratory science requirement.  Satisfies the college laboratory science requirement with completion of 1060.  Does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in cell and molecular biology.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Boudaba, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Boudaba, Spring 2007

 


CELL 1060: Heredity and Society Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Boudaba.  Prerequisite or co-requisite:  1030.  Laboratory and computer exercises to reinforce concepts discussed in CELL 1030.  Students will learn basic laboratory skills, including microscopy and techniques of molecular biology.  Satisfies the college laboratory science requirement with completion of 1030.  Does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in cell and molecular biology.  Back to Top


Syllabus - Dr. Boudaba, Spring 2007

 


CELL 1891: Service Learning.

Taught by Dr. Vijayaraghavan. Students who select the Service Learning option will participate in a project centered on a topic in the aspects of general biology, especially related to marine and/or environmental studies, and will be selected by student(s) in consultation with the instructor and community partner.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Spring 2010

 


CELL 2050: Genetics. [3]

Taught by Drs. Dotson and Vijayaraghavan.  Prerequisite:  1010.  The principles of genetic analysis and the nature of genes. Discussion of the chromosomal and molecular mechanism of replication, mutation, expression, and transmission of heritable characteristics.  Back to Top

Syllabus, section 02 - Dr. Dotson - Spring 2011
Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan, Spring 2010
Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Dotson
- Fall 2008
Syllabus, section 03 - Dr. Dotson
- Fall 2008
Syllabus, section 01 - Dr. Vijayaraghavan
- Spring 2008
Syllabus, section 02 - Dr. Dotson
- Spring 2008

 


CELL 2110: General Biology Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Boudaba.  Prerequisite: CELL 1010, CHEM 1080. Laboratory exercises emphasizing concepts in cell, molecular, and developmental biology.  Designed for majors in the biological sciences.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Boudaba, Spring 2010

 



CELL 2220: Exploring Careers in Medicine. [1]

Taught by Dr. Grisbaum.  Prerequisites:  CELL 1010 and approval of instructor.  This course will examine different careers in medicine, the distribution of hours spent in practice each week, and some of the disease processes and treatments seen by physicians.  It will be taught from a practical, clinical point of view and is intended to help students identify their areas of interest in medicine or medical research.  Does not count toward the requirements for a major or minor in cell and molecular biology.  Must be taken S/U.  Back to Top.


CELL 3010/7010: Cell Biology. [3]

Taught by Drs. Burdsal and Dotson.  Prerequisite: 3110.  An examination of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells.  Emphasis is placed on mechanisms of intracellular and transmembrane transport, cellular control, and intercellular and intracellular signaling.  Experimental methods and applications will be discussed.  Back to Top

Syllabus, 301 - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2011
Syllabus, 301 - Dr. Dotson, Fall 2008
Syllabus, 301/701 - Dr. Burdsal
, Spring 2008
Syllabus, 301 - Dr. Dotson
, Fall 2007
Syllabus, 301/701 - Dr. Burdsal
, Spring 2007


CELL 3020/7020: Cell Biology Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Dotson.  Prerequisite or corequisite: 3010. Laboratory experience in in vitro methodologies. Students will learn to maintain and manipulate mammalian cell cultures.   Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2007

 



Cell 3050/7050  Foundations of Pharmacology. [3]

Taught by Dr. Parrish.  Covers the mechanisms by which drugs act in the body. Specific topics include basic pharmacokinetics, drug-receptor interactions, drug resistance, tolerance, toxicity, and drug interactions.

   Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Parrish, Fall 2008


CELL 3110/7110: Molecular Biology. [3]

Taught by Drs. Mullin and Thien.  Prerequisite: 2050, corequisite or prerequisite: CHEM 2410 or equivalent. Introduction to theory, phenomenology, and applications of molecular biology.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Mullin, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Mullin, Fall 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Mullin
, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Thien
, Fall 2007
Syllabus - Dr. Mullin
, Spring 2007


CELL 3120/7120: Molecular Biology Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Hopkins.  Corequisite or prerequisite: 3110. Laboratory experience in molecular biology techniques.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Hopkins, Fall 2007
Syllabus - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2007


CELL 3210/6210: Cellular Physiology.  [3]

Staff.  Prerequisite:  1010.  A survey of vertebrate anatomy and physiology emphasizing the cellular and molecular basis of organ function. This course emphasizes modern experimental approaches for exploring physiological function of a variety of organ systems. Back to Top.

 


CELL 3310/6310: Cellular Neuroscience. [3]

Taught by Dr. Tasker. Prerequisite: 1010. In-depth coverage of the basic principles of cellular neuroscience, including the biophysical basis of the membrane potential, action potential generation and propagation, and synaptic signaling. Students will be introduced to the synaptic organization of higher neural systems, such as the visual system and somatic sensory system.  Same as NSCI 3310/6310.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Tasker, Fall 2007


CELL 3315: Cellular Neuroscience Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Cronin.  Corequisite or prerequisite: 3310.   Back to Top.



CELL 3320/6320: Systems Neuroscience.  [3]

Taught by Dr. Schrader.  Prerequisite:  3310 or approval of instructor.  The subject of this course is the human nervous system, its anatomy, connectivity and function. Discusses the normal structure of the nervous system and the relationship of that structure to physiological function. The course is taught from a practical, clinical point of view and is intended to prepare students for further study in the neurosciences.  Same as NSCI 3320/6320.  Back to Top.


Syllabus - Dr Schrader, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Schrader, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Schrader
, Spring 2007


CELL 3340/7340: Neuroanatomy Laboratory.  [1]

Staff.  Corequisite or prerequisite: 3320/6320. The subject of this course is the anatomy of the human nervous system. Students will learn to identify and map the structure and position of nuclei, pathways, and anatomical divisions of the brain and spinal cord. The course is a practical correlate to Systems Neuroscience (CELL 3320/6320), and is intended to prepare students for further study in the neurosciences.  Same as NSCI 3340/7340.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 3890: Service Learning.  [1]

Prerequisite:  Departmental approval.  Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit corequisite course.  Back to Top

 


CELL 4010/6010: Cellular Biochemistry. [3]

Taught by Dr. Hopkins.  Prerequisites: 1010 and CHEM 2420 or H2460.  Structure and function of biological molecules, energetics, metabolism, synthesis of macromolecules and assembly of structures.  Back to Top

Syllabus, 4010 - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2011
Syllabus, 401 - Dr. Hopkins, Fall 2008
Syllabus, 401 - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2008
Syllabus, 401 - Dr. Hopkins, Fall 2007
Syllabus, 401 - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2007
Syllabus, 601 - Dr. Hopkins, Spring 2007


CELL 4110/6110: Cells and Tissues. [4]

Taught by Drs. Boudaba and Dotson.  Prerequisite: 3010 or approval of instructor. Descriptive study of mammalian microscopic anatomy in a physiological context. Lectures and laboratory.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Dotson
, Spring 2007

 


CELL 4130/6130: Embryology.  [3]

Taught by Dr. Muneoka.  Prerequisite:  3010 or approval of instructor.  Anatomical study of developmental processes in humans.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Muneoka, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Muneoka, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Han
, Fall 2007
Please see
http://www.tulane.edu/~embryo



CELL 4160/6160: Developmental Biology. [3]

Taught by Dr. Chen.  Prerequisite: 2050 or approval of instructor.  The origin and development of form and patterns in organisms. Recent investigations and research methodology on the processes of growth and differentiation are stressed.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Chen, Fall 2010


CELL 4200, 7200: General Endocrinology. [3]

Taught by Dr. Vasudevan. This course deals with the basics of hormone action. It will look at hormone interactions with their receptors, with particular emphasis on molecular aspects of homeostasis. Hypothalamo-pituitiary-end organ axis will be discussed in detail. Every topic will attempt to include a discussion on pathological outcomes of aberrant hormone action. Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Vasudevan, Spring 2011


CELL 4220/6220: Microbiology. [3]

Taught by Dr. Mullin.  Prerequisite: 3010 or approval of instructor. Taxonomy, physiology, genetics, and ecology of microorganisms. This course will cover the role of microbes in medicine and industry, and as model systems for research.  Back to Top.

Syllabus, 422 - Dr. Mullin, Fall 2008
Syllabus, 422 - Dr. Mullin
, Fall 2007
Syllabus - Dr. Freistadt
, Spring 2007


CELL 4230/7230: Microbiology Laboratory. [1]

Taught by Dr. Hopkins.  Corequisite or prerequisite: 4220. Laboratory studies of microbial taxonomy, physiology, biochemistry, and genetics.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 4240: Seminar on Morbidity and Mortality. [3]

Taught by Dr. Mullin.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Mullin, TBA

 


CELL 4250: Principles in Immunology

Taught by Dr. Dotson. Prerequisite: CELL 3010. Capstone class. An introduction to the biology of the human immune system with review of relevant research literature. Back to top.

Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Dotson, Spring 2010

 


CELL 4260: Principles of Biomedical Writing

 

Taught by Dr. Hopkins. Prerequisites: CELL 3010 or 3110 0r 4010. Capstone class. An examination of  various types of scientific literature, scientific writing and presentation.  Exploration of scientific databases such as PubMed.  Emphasis on critical reading of scientific literature and writing in a scientific style. Back to top.

Syllabus - Dr Hopkins, Fall 2011
Syllabus - Dr Hopkins, Fall 2009

 


CELL 4340/6340: Neurobiology of Disease. [3]

Taught by Dr. Cronin.  Prerequisite:  3310.  Advanced course on the higher neural functions of the nervous system and neurological diseases resulting from disruption of these functions.  An emphasis is placed on the physiology of the nervous system and neural dysfunction caused by inherited and acquired diseases.  Topics range from motor control and neuromuscular diseases to high cognitive function and dementia.  Same as NSCI 4340/6340.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Cronin, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Cronin
, Spring 2007 

 


CELL 4350/6350: Developmental Neurobiology. [3]

Taught by Dr. Inglis.  Prerequisite:  3110 or 3310 or approval of instructor.  A broad overview of the different stages of neural development.  Examination of the molecular aspects of developmental neurobiology, with reference to some important signaling pathways involved in neural growth and specification.  Particular attention will be given to those active research fields, such as growth cone guidance and collapse, activity dependent development, and applications of these to injury and disease.  Same as NSCI 4350/6350.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Inglis, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Inglis, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Inglis, Spring 2008
Syllabus - Dr. Inglis
, Spring 2007

 


CELL 4370/6370: Molecular Neurobiology. [3]

Taught by Drs. Inglis and Hall.  Prerequisite:  3110 or 3310 or approval of instructor.  Introduction to the molecular biology of neurons and neuronal function.  Topics of study will include:  the molecular composition of nerve cells, and how this provides a basis for their functional properties; their synaptic connectivity; how they receive, transmit and retain information at a molecular level.  Studies will focus on current research in the field of molecular neurobiology.  Same as NSCI 4370/6370.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Hall, Fall 2010

 


CELL 4440/6440: Advanced Molecular Biology. [3]

Taught by Drs. Cserjesi and Thien. Prerequisite: 3110 or approval of instructor. Current topics in molecular biology with emphasis on higher-order chromatin structure and transcription, mutability, and DNA repair mechanisms in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Other topics include: Nuclear hormone receptors, HOX gene activation in development, RNAi, and genome organization.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Thien, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Thien, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Thien, Spring 2007

 


CELL 4560,4570: Internship Studies. [1-3,1-3]

An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work. Details of the internship experience and the academic course work are to be arranged and described on an Internship Prospectus within one week of the end of the add period. A synopsis of the internship (including both the academic and experimental components) is to be completed, approved by the supervising professor and the appropriate departmental chair, and filed with the Office of the Dean prior to the end of the final examination period. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing. Registration is completed in the academic department sponsoring the internship.  Note: a maximum of three credits may be earned in one or two courses. Only one internship may be completed per semester. Back to Top

 


CELL 4660: Special Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology. [1-3] 

Courses offered by visiting professors or permanent faculty.  For description, consult department. Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Inglis, Fall 2010  CELL 4660 Special Topics:  Honors Colloquium
Syllabus - Dr. Vasudevan, Spring 2010

 


CELL 4710/6710: Molecular Biology of Cancer. [3]

Taught by Dr. Jones.  Prerequisite:  3010.  The complex multistep process which transforms a normal cell into a cancer cell, carcinogenesis, will be examined with emphasis on current molecular insights.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Jones, Fall 2010


CELL 4780/6780: Developmental Genetics. [3]

Taught by Dr. Cserjesi.  Prerequisite: 4160, or approval of instructor. This course examines the genetic pathways regulating development and the underlying molecular mechanisms by which these pathways are regulated.  The goal of the course is to expose students to topics and techniques of shaping the field of developmental biology.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Cserjesi, Spring 2007

 


CELL 4880: Writing Practicum. [1]

Corequisite:  three-credit departmental course.  Prerequisite:  successful completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.  Fulfills the college intensive-writing requirement.  Back to Top.

 


CELL H4910, H4920: Independent Studies. [1-3,1-3]

Laboratory or library research under direction of a faculty member.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 4950, 4960: Special Projects in Cell and Molecular Biology. [1-3,1-3]

Individual studies in a selected field. Open to qualified students with approval of instructor and advisor. Back to Top.

 


CELL H4990, H5000Honors Thesis. [3,4]

For juniors and seniors with approval of the department and the Honors Committee.  Students who complete H4990 and H5000 with the preparation of a senior thesis may be recommended to the college for the award of degree with departmental honors.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 6000: Biomedical Ethics. [3]

Staff.  Prerequisite: CELL 1010 or approval of instructor. An interdisciplinary course that examines the moral principles which apply to biology and medicine. Ethical principles will be analyzed in relation to such topics as informed consent, abortion, death and dying, allocation of scarce resources, personhood, AIDS, risk, human experimentation, and public policy. Case studies and class discussion will complement lectures and video presentations.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 6080: Advanced Developmental and Cell Biology II. [3]

Taught by Dr. Jones.  Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Lectures, readings, and discussion of the literature in the fields of cellular, developmental, and molecular biology.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Jones, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Jones, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Cserjesi, Spring 2008

 


CELL 6150: Methods in Neuroscience. [3]

Taught by Dr. Vasudevan. This course exposes students to contemporary theories and techniques used by Tulane neuroscientists in their own research programs. Students will gain knowledge of techniques used to study the nervous system from all levels of inquiry ranging from the study of molecules and cells to animal behavior and recording of human brain activity. This will allow students to design experiments as well as understand experimental techniques in any scientific publication.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Vasudevan, Spring 2011
 


CELL 6155: Methods in Neuroscience Lab. [1]

 This course exposes students to contemporary theories and techniques used by Tulane neuroscientists in their own research programs.  Students will do experiments where they study cellular biology, animal behavior and electrophysiology.   This course must be taken with the lecture course.  This is not a standalone lab.  Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Vasudevan, Spring 2011
 


CELL 6360: Topics in Neurophysiology. [2]

Taught by Dr. Tasker. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Graduate students and upper level undergraduate students in the Neurobiology Divison of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department present research projects/progress to the group. Class meets once a week for two hours.  Back to Top.


CELL 6490: Gross Anatomy. [4]

Taught by Dr. Grisbaum.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or approval of instructor.  An exploration of the back, upper and lower extremities with an emphasis on bones, muscles, arteries, nerves, and veins in these regions of the human body.  Back to Top.
 

Syllabus - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2007


CELL 6550: Synaptic Organization of the Brain. [3]

Taught by Dr. Schrader. Prerequisite: 3310 or approval of instructor. This course is offered jointly by Tulane and LSU Medical School to provide an in-depth examination of the physiologic and anatomic organization of the major structures of the brain and spinal cord. It is team taught by members of both faculties, drawing from the research expertise of each program and each faculty member. The course will consist of two 1 1/2 hour lectures per week, each week being devoted to a different brain structure and taught by a different instructor.  The organization of each structure, including the cellular physiology, the major synaptic inputs, the intrinsic synaptic organization, and the primary outputs, will be emphasized.   Back to Top


Syllabus - Dr. Schrader, Spring 2010


CELL 6630: Cellular Neurophysiology. [3]

Staff.  Prerequisite:  CELL 3310 or approval of instructor.  Survey of current topics and techniques in the physiology of neurons and neuronal circuits, concentrating primarily on electrophysiological studies.  Examples of topics covered in past classes are voltage-gated membrane currents, excitatory and inhibitory amino acid neurotransmission, long-term potentiation, and in-vitro models of epilepsy. The goal of the course is to allow students to gain insight into some of the topical issues in neuroscience while acquiring an understanding of modern methods in cellular neurophysiology.   Same as NSCI 6630.  Back to Top.

 


CELL 6840: Current Topics in Developmental Biology. [2]

Taught by Drs. Burdsal, Inglis, Chen, and Muneoka.  Prerequisite:  Approval of instructor.  Reports and discussions of current literature on developmental processes.   Back to Top.

Syllabus - Dr. Chen, Spring 2011
Syllabus - Dr. Chen, Spring 2010



CELL 7860, 7870: Seminars in Cell and Molecular Biology. [3 (Masters students) or 1 (Ph.D. students)]

Taught by Drs. Tasker (Ph.D.) and Grisbaum (Masters).   Back to Top

Syllabus - Dr. Grisbuam, Spring 2010

Syllabus - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2007
Schedule - Dr. Grisbaum
, Spring 2007


CELL 7990, 8000: Service Learning / Research. [3]

Taught by Dr. Grisbaum.  Back to Top

Syllabus - Research component - Dr. Inglis, Spring 2010
Syllabus - Service Learning - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2010

Syllabus, Service Learning - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2007
Syllabus, Service Learning, Optometry/Dentistry - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2007
Schedule - Dr. Grisbaum, Spring 2007

 

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