There’s a clever conceit behind the popular FX series The Strain, which is adapted from a trio of best-selling books by film director Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. It’s the idea of taking all the age-old trappings of vampire fiction—the blood lust, the bites, the aversion to sunlight, et cetera—and looking at them through a very modern, scientific lens.
Thus, the scourge of vampirism becomes a parasite-based pandemic. Count Dracula becomes Count Ebola.
It makes for riveting television, and reading. And now, thanks to a little creative adaptation, it also makes for a college-level course of study.
Just in time for The Strain‘s season-2 premiere, FX and UC Irvine present Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s The Strain, a free online course in virus and parasite biology, cyber security, and epidemiological modelling, beginning June 22 and running through October 1.
For more information, and to enroll in the course, visit the official web site.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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