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2010-01-26 09:11:03

Special issue explores how evolution can help doctors understand and treat disease What does evolution "“ a field that often deals with changes over many generations "“ have to do with preventing and treating disease in our lifetime? A lot, some scientists say. If recent recommendations are implemented, future physicians may soon be tested on evolution in medical entrance and licensing exams, says an international group of doctors and researchers. A collection of articles in the...

2010-01-11 13:12:07

Scientists call for integrating evolutionary perspectives into medical curricula The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of "“ or perhaps because of "“ advancements in modern culture and...

2009-10-19 16:22:28

Although advances in medical care have improved standards of living over time, humans aren't entirely sheltered from the forces of natural selection, a new study shows. "There is this idea that because medicine has been so good at reducing mortality rates, that means that natural selection is no longer operating in humans," said Stephen Stearns of Yale University. A recent analysis by Stearns and colleagues turns this idea on its head. As part of a working group sponsored by the National...


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