Undergraduate Courses

Biology

BCH4024: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C
Description: This course offers an introductory survey of the structure, functional properties, synthesis, and degradation of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids.

BCH4024L: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory

1
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C
Co-requisite: BCH 4024
Description: This laboratory course will introduce students to modern molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.
Course Fees: $51.93

BOT2010C: Botany

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 1010C. This course is a study of plant anatomy, morphology, physiology, and diversity. There will be three credits lecture and one credit (3 hours) of laboratory in the course. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BOT3151C: Local Flora

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C. Study of the morphological features of vascular plants and practice in identification of plants. Elementary ecology of principle types of plant communities of Northeast Florida. Emphasis on native plants. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory, two hours field work. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BOT3712C: Plant Systematics and Evolution

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C. In this course students will study plant evolution, classification, and identification. Plant species concepts and breeding systems will also be studied. Comparisons will be made between traditional methods of classification and the more modern methods that utilize molecular biology and numerical taxonomy. There will be three credits lecture and one credit (4 hours) laboratory in this course. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BOT4404C: Marine Botany

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C This course is designed to introduce students to marine plants in the pelagic open-ocean and coastal environments. Primary focus will be on the ecology, biochemistry, physiology, and life history strategies of both phytoplankton and benthic marine algal communities. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BOT4503C: Plant Anatomy and Physiology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C. This course will investigate the anatomy, physiology and major biochemical pathways of the higher plants. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC1005: Principles of Biology

3

Co-requisite: BSC1005L
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the science of life. This survey course will cover a wide range of topics from the molecular components of the cell to the interaction of organisms with their environment. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with diverse components of life and to introduce the major areas of study within the discipline.

BSC1005L: Principles of Biology Lab

1

Co-requisite: BSC 1005
Description: The laboratory component of this course provides students with an overview of the major topics within biology. It is designed to evoke interest, curiosity, and enthusiasm for biology. During this course students will learn to use the scientific method and common lab procedures in order to perform biological investigations. Laboratory assignments and quizzes will be used to evaluate students’ understanding of biological processes, laboratory techniques, and concepts presented within the laboratory.

BSC1010C: General Biology I

4
An introduction to biology with emphasis on the cellular level. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC1011C: General Biology II

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 1010C or equivalent. This course examines the evidence for evolution by common descent, the mechanisms of biological change, and the diversity, phylogenetic classification, anatomy, and physiology of organisms from microbes to plants. There will be three hours or lecture and one hours of laboratory in this course.(A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC1930: Current Applications in Biology

2
In this course biological principles and research are applied to modern life. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

BSC2012C: General Biology III

4
Prerequisites: BSC1010C, BSC1011C This course is designed to introduce students to the diversity and evolution of fungi and animals and the anatomy and physiology of representative taxa. During this course we will look at the tremendous biodiversity that results from the basic building blocks described in General Biology I and II. We will conduct an overview of the major groups of fungi and animals, focusing on unique adaptations and evolutionary origin. We will then examine the development of organs and organ systems in representative groups to provide a comparative view of animal anatomy and physiology. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC2085C: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 1010C. This course includes units concerning the organization of the human body, support and movement, the nervous system and special senses, and the endocrine system. The laboratory involves dissection of preserved animals. (A course fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC2086C: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 2085C.
Description: his course is a continuation of BSC 2085C. The course includes units concerning the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, lymphatic and immune systems, digestion and metabolism, the urinary system and fluid and electrolyte balance, and reproduction and development. The laboratory involves dissection of preserved animals. (A course fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

BSC2932: Pre-Medical Preparation Seminar

1

Description: Pre-Med Seminar is a one unit course that provides an introduction to the biomedical professions by incorporating a range of experiences, including research presentations, guidance in developing effective study habits and time management, discussions with local physicians and other biomedical professionals, information on volunteer experiences, introduction to university clubs and activities. In addition, students will read selected books, short stories, and case studies relevant to the medical field and participate in class discussions focused on the assignments.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for a maximum of four credits.
Availability: Every semester

BSC3052: Conservation Biology

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C. This course will investigate the major causes responsible for declining global biodiversity and its implications.

BSC3057: Introduction to Environmental Studies

3
This course represents the core foundation course for the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor. Topics cover a broad range of environmental issues in order to lay the foundation for the understanding of complex environmental issues and the interactions between human behavior, technology, and the natural environment. Course content provides an introduction to issues of biodiversity, appreciating human impact, principles of sustainability, biotechnology, resource conservation, legal and policy issues, ethics, and ecopsychology. (This course cannot be used by biology majors to satisfy degree requirements.)

BSC3263: Marine Biology

3
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C. This course will offer an introduction to living in a marine environment, and will focus on the delivery and special adaptations of marine fauna. The various marine ecosystems will also be discussed, and human impacts on marine systems will also be covered. This course is aimed at the biology majors who wish to learn more about organismal diversity and adaptation.

BSC3842: Writing and Analytical Skills in Biology

1

Co-requisite: BSC 2012C
Description: This course is designed to prepare students to take Senior Seminar Practicum by having them explore potential topics of independent research (field, laboratory or library based). Students will learn how to conduct extensive literature reviews and be trained in various modes of written and oral scientific communication. Professional development training in the form of development of a curriculum vitae and discussion of application to graduate and professional schools will also be included.

BSC3943: Internship in Applied Biology

v. 1-4
Prerequiste: Permission of instructor
Description: Students, supervised by faculty, will intern for companies, agencies or other organizations in an area that reflects their career interests.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to eight credits but only four credits may be used in the major elective area. Each credit hour will equal at least four hours per week of internship activity throughout the semester.

BSC4022: Biology of Aging

3
Prerequisite:  PCB3023C OR PBC4713C
Description: This course will offer students an understanding of why aging occurs and the mechanisms by which aging occurs. A combination of lecture and discussion of primary papers will be used. Students will be introduced to studies using simple experimental models to approach the underlying cellular bases for age-related deterioration. In particular, the roles of mitochondria, chromosomes, nutrient signaling, and reproduction will be explored.

BSC4054: Environmental Toxicology

3
Prerequisites: CHM 2045C, CHM 2046C, BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C. This course involves the study of toxic substances occurring in both man-made and natural environments. Subjects discussed in Environmental Toxicology will range from the effects of environmental toxins on individual organisms to global implications of the toxicology of widely used organic and inorganic pollutants.

BSC4801C: Animal Physiology

4
Prerequisite:  BSC2012C
Description: This course focuses on the functional activities and interactions of cells, tissues and organs across the Animal Kingdom. Emphasis will be given to different mechanisms that animals use to tolerate environmental extremes and how different animal groups solve similar challenges. The course includes three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals. Course fee: $51.93
Availability: Every Other Year

BSC4870: Biological Basis of Pharmacology

3
Prerequisites: PCB 4713C or BSC 2086C This course focuses on the biological mechanisms of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and mechanisms of action with an emphasis on cellular responses to drugs. Students will learn the basic mathematical principles of pharmacokinetics and receptor binding as well as the relationship between drug concentration and effects. The mechanisms of action and side effects of the major classes of drugs will be covered as well as background information on the pathological conditions they treat.

BSC4905: Directed Independent Study in Biology

v. 0-3
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Students will participate in a research investigation under the supervision of an instructor. One credit hour will require a minimum of 4 hours of research activity per week, although specific time requirements will vary with the instructor. This course may be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

BSC4921: Biology Lecture Series

1
This course allows undergraduate students to explore current areas of biological research by listening to scientific lectures. Seminar topics will vary on a weekly basis and will be given by guest lecturers or UNF faculty. Topics covered may include cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and conservation biology.

BSC4930: Selected Topics in Biology

v. 1-4
Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. This course deals with various recent advances in biology. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

BSC4941: Mayo Clinic Biomedical Research Internship

v. 1-6
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C
Description: Students will gain research training in a basic science laboratory at the Mayo Clinic Florida under the direction of a scientist at that institution. The techniques used in the basic science laboratories at the Mayo Clinic Florida include those within the fields of molecular and cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry. The completion of additional upper-level courses related to the fields of research is recommended but not required.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for a maximum of 24 credits.

BSC4947: Senior Seminar Practicum

1
Prerequisites: BSC 4842 and permission of instructor Senior Seminar Practicum is the successional course to Senior Seminar Preparation. In this course students will present their topics of independent research (field, laboratory or library based) in a written and oral format.

FAS4354: Coastal Fisheries Management

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative fish population dynamics and the management of coastal living resources. The primary focus will be on the physical, biological, and human factors that regulate coastal fish populations, methods for estimating life history parameters, development of quantitative models to assess fishery stocks, and understanding the implications of management decisions on fishery stakeholders.

MCB2010C: Microbiology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C and CHM 1025. The spectrum of the microbial world with emphasis on cell structure, reproduction, and physiology. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A course of $51.93 will be assessed.)

MCB3020C: Microbial Biology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C, CHM 2045C and CHM 2046C. The diversity of the microbial world will be examined by characterizing requirements, growth and metabolism of representative microbes. This course will introduce microbial genetics symbiotic associations, immunology and pathogenicity. This is intended for science majors as an introductory course in microbiology. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

MCB4021C: Molecular Biology Techniques

4
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C or by permission of the instructor This laboratory-intensive course exposes students to modern molecular biology techniques. Students will receive instruction related to recombinant DNA and protein technologies. Experimental design and data analysis will also be addressed. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

MCB4203: Pathogenic Bacteriology

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C and MCB 3020C or MCB 2010C
Description: This course will develop into the biological basis of infectious disease. It will emphasize bacterial infection, the principles of the host-parasite relationship, the pathogenic characteristics and virulence factors of microorganisms, and the various modes of action of antimicrobial agents. Three hours lecture.

MCB4503: Virology Lecture

3
Prerequisites: PCB 3023C, MCB 2010C or MCB 3020C A structure/function approach to understanding the virus lifecycle will be used to investigate animal, bacterial, plant and insect viruses. Focus on the history of Virology, virus structure, genetics, biocontainment and current topics will assist in the understanding of the nature of viruses and unconventional agents. Three hours lecture.

OCB3108L: Field Studies in Marine Science

v. 3-4
Prerequisite:  BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, CHM 2045, and CHM 2045L
Description: This is a 5-week, field intensive course designed to expand student knowledge of the biodiversity, geochemistry, and human impact of Florida’s coastal and offshore ecosystems through a round-robin trip around Florida to explore marine eco-systems. This course will take students from the reefs of the Florida Keys to the open Gulf of Mexico aboard state-of-the-art research vessels, as well as the shallow tropical estuaries of the western Everglades and the temperate Estuarine and Coastal environments of Northeast Florida. Field and laboratory work will allow students to utilize current marine research methods while learning about marine environments and their organisms. Some field activities will be physically strenuous.

OCE3008: Oceanography

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C This course will provide an introduction to the geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the ocean. The role of the ocean in the global system will also be addressed. Current topics such as sea level rise and coastal erosion impacts on marine environments surrounding Florida will be discussed.

PCB3023C: Molecular and Cell Biology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C, CHM 2210, CHM 2210L. A study of cell structure and function with emphasis on the properties of intracellular organelles and their molecular constituents. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB3043C: Ecology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C This course will focus on the basic principles involved in the functioning of ecological systems, with special reference to the major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Florida. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals. The course includes three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory and field work. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB3063: Genetics

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C, CHM 2210 and CHM2210L
Co-requisite: PCB 3063L
Description: Principles of classical and molecular genetics will be discussed via studies of nuclear inheritance, extra-nuclear inheritance, and gene regulation.

PCB3063L: Genetics Lab

1

Co-requisite: PCB 3063
Description: Students will conduct experiments that demonstrate the application of classical and molecular genetics techniques.

PCB4067: Molecular Basis of Inheritance

3
Prerequisite: PCB 3063C This course will detail the molecular basis of inheritance in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Topics will include the structure and organization of DNA, plus DNA replication, repair, and recombination. Transcription, translation, and processing of gene products will be covered. A major emphasis will be the regulation of these molecular processes.

PCB4233: Immunology

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C. Introduction to the major concepts in modern basic immunology with an emphasis on the relevant immunological mechanisms in pathogenesis of different diseases and pathological conditions. Emphasizes the transposition of basic science information into clinical problems through use of immunopathological concepts. Three hours lecture.

PCB4234: Biology of Cancer

3
Prerequisite:  Either PCB 3023C or PCB 3063C. This course will provide current information on the molecular, cellular, and genetic changes associated with cancer cells. Cellular and environmental causes of cancer will be discussed, and treatment options will be covered. Students should gain a thorough understanding of cancer at the cellular level by the conclusion of the course.

PCB4253C: Developmental Biology

4
Prerequisites: PCB 3023C. A study of gametogenesis, fertilization, and embryogenesis at the descriptive and molecular levels and of related developmental problems such as regeneration and carcinogenesis. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB4301C: Limnology

4
Prerequisites: PCB 3043C, CHM 2045C, and CHM 2046C. This course involves the study of inland waters. The current definition of inland water includes lakes, streams, estuaries, and wetlands. Subjects include physical, chemical and biological limnology. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

PCB4540: Genomics

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description:  Genomics is one of the newest and most exciting fields in biology. Discoveries made in this field have far reaching implications for important topics such as the evolution of life on our planet and the genetic causes of human diseases. This course will focus on the history of genomics, the technology used to sequence and analyze genomes, and the discoveries made from investigations of genomes. This course will address questions such as what genomic comparisons reveal about the relationship between disparate animal lineages; how the genome controls the production of the phenotype; the relationship between genome complexity and phenotype complexity; the evolutionary mechanisms that control genome architecture; and the genomic underpinnings of human disease.

PCB4674: Evolution

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3043C or PCB 3063C
Description: Evolution is the unifying theory of biology, linking fields as diverse as biochemistry and ecology, genetics and anatomy. In this course we will investigate both the wealth of evidence for evolution by common descent and the genetic and ecological mechanisms by which evolution occurs in natural populations. In addition we will cover the history of evolutionary biology from pre-Darwinism views to present day controversies, and the key events that have lead to our current understanding of the subject.

PCB4713C: Human Physiology

4
Prerequisites: ZOO3733C or BSC2085C and BSC2086C
Description: This course focuses on the functional activities and interactions of human cells, tissues, and organs; with an emphasis on respiration, excitation, transport, and control mechanisms. The course includes three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory. The lab may include experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals.
Course Fees: $51.93

PCB4805: Endocrinology

3
Prerequisite:  PCB 3023C This course will provide and introduction to the role that hormones play in regulating vertebrate physiology with special emphasis on human systems. Students will learn about general concepts of endocrinology, as well as the relevant mechanisms that lead to endocrine disorders in humans.

PCB4843: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

3
Prerequisites: PCB 3023C Molec and Cell Bio or by permission of the instructor. This course is an overview of structure-function relationships in the nervous system at the molecular level. Topics include development of neurons, neuron-specific gene expression, mechanisms of neuronal plasticity in learning and memory, synaptic release, molecular biology of neurological disorders, and molecular neuropharmacology.

ZOO2203C: Invertebrate Zoology

4
Prerequisite:  Zoology or equivalent This course represents a survey of the invertebrate phyla ranging from the protozoa through the lower chordata, emphasizing comparative aspects of morphology, embryology as well as ecology and distribution.This course includes experimentation with living and/or preserved animals. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO3713C: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C. This course will compare the evolutionary morphology of the Chordata. The lecture will be supplemented with the laboratory dissection of representatives including the shark, mudpuppy, and cat. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO3733C: Human Structure and Function

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C A systematic approach will be used to study the structural and functional anatomy of the human body. Tissues, organs, and internal processes of systems (i.e. circulatory, excretory, and reproductive) will be examined in a three hour lecture. Normal and abnormal functioning of body processes and associated disorders and diseases will be discussed. Case studies will provide opportunity for integration of studied material. A corresponding four hour laboratory will accompany the lecture to provide visual anatomical identification, including dissections and microscopic slides. This course includes dissection of preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4208C: Coastal Invertebrate Biology

4
Prerequisite:  PCB 3043C This course will include an examination of the diversity, ecology, and evolutionary history of aquatic invertebrates in coastal habitats. Current topics such as sea level rise and pollution of aquatic habitats will be discussed. This course includes experimentation with living and/or preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4234C: Parasitology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C Anatomy, physiology, life cycles, epidemiology and control of protozoan and helminth parasites that affect vertebrates. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4407: Biology of Sharks and Rays

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description: This course will introduce students to the diversity, taxonomy, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and ecology of sharks, skates, and rays. Course format will include presentations by the instructor and guest lecturers, discussion of current research, and student research projects.

ZOO4454C: Ichthyology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C Ichthyology is the study of fishes. Topics covered during this course include anatomy, physiology, taxonomic diversity, life history, and ecology of fishes. Different techniques for the study of fishes will be introduced during the laboratory. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4462C: Herpetology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, and BSC 2012C This course focuses on the natural history of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on systematics and evolutionary adaptations. The course includes three hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory and two hours of field work. This course includes dissection and experimentation on live and/or preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4485: Biology of Marine Mammals

3
Prerequisites: BSC 2012C and PCB 3043C This course focuses on the biology and ecology of marine mammals, with an emphasis on understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. Selected topics would include taxonomy, zoogeography, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals.

ZOO4513: Animal Behavior

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description: This course emphasizes understanding animal behavior from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. Using a comparative approach, we will explore the basic questions of how and why animals behave in certain ways to survive, obtain resources and reproduce. Case studies, from both field and laboratory research, will be integrated throughout this course and examples will be drawn from a variety of animal groups to illustrate major concepts. Through this course learners will develop the conceptual framework to understand and appreciate the diversity and complexity of animal behavior.

ZOO4513L: Animal Behavior Laboratory

1
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Co-requisite: ZOO 4513
Description: his inquiry-based laboratory course in animal behavior will build upon the complementary lecture course. Laboratory sessions will incorporate two main components. First, skill development will be achieved through pre-designed exercises in both lab and field settings. Second, the primary component of the course will be the design and implementation of a semester-long original research project. Throughout the course, students will work collaboratively in small groups to design and implement an original observational research study on an animal and question of their choice. This research project will enable students to actively apply the scientific method from hypothesis generation through data interpretation and communication of findings.

ZOO4551C: Dolphin Behavioral Ecology

4
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C
Description: This course is a combined field- and seminar-based course that focuses on the behavior and ecology of dolphins. In addition to participating in a weekly series of seminars (lectures), students will receive hands-on experience performing boat-based field research via weekly participation in the UNF Dolphin Biology Program, which is focused on estuarine dolphins in northeast Florida waters.

ZOO4559L: Shark Ecology

3

Description: Permission of Instructor Required. This course is a combined field-based and seminar-based course that focuses on the ecology of sharks. Students will be introduced to the general ecology of sharks by participating in research seminars, field trips, and hands-on experience performing field research on shark ecology. This will be conducted with the UNF Shark Biology Program, which examines the abundance and distribution of sharks in northeast Florida waters

ZOO4715C: Introduction to Canine Anatomy

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C,BSC 2012C In this course we will study the dog as a model of mammalian anatomy. The course has obvious appeal to students pursuing studies in veterinary medicine, but those interested in other pre-professional fields will definitely benefit. The emphasis will be heavily on laboratory dissections, which are held three times a week, and will be supplemented with two lectures a week. The dissection approaches are often those taken for surgery, and many structures not located in previous courses will be found. Students will work in groups of up to four, and, to assure that all students are actively involved, dissection duties will be rotated daily within groups. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)

ZOO4752: Histology

3
Prerequisite:  BSC 2012C and PCB 3023C
Description: This course focuses on the structure and function of cells comprising healthy tissues and organs. Students will learn to identify all major cell types and their functions in the human body. Lecture material will include an organ system approach to the human body including molecules to organ systems.

ZOO4823C: General Entomology

4
Prerequisites: BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C This course will investigate the taxonomy, structure, physiology and ecology of the major evolutionary lineages of the insects. This course includes experimentation with living and/or preserved animals. (A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)
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