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June 1999

'ER' fans can earn biology credit at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The NBC medical drama "ER" will become a science lab at Purdue University this summer.

Edward Simon, a biology professor in the School of Science, decided to base a class on the show after being regularly bombarded with questions from his students following each new episode. "The Biology of ER" will be offered for one semester hour of credit for the first time in May.

"'ER' raises questions about AIDS in the workplace, the ethics of drug trials, medical economics and euthanasia," Simon explains. "There is never a shortage of issues to research further and discuss in greater detail."

Students will view a specific episode and then prepare questions and comments on the medical and biological aspects of the program for use in class the following day.

CONTACT: Simon, (765) 494-4991;

Compiled by Sharon Bowker, (765) 494-2077; Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; e-mail,

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