Lectures on Evolution and Medicine


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Evolution plays an important role in medicine, both as an underlying principle to understanding the human system and a driving force key to the prevention of disease and the development of new threats. Medical practice is crippled without use of this powerful theory that explains so much about us and the world around us. These four speakers address different medical and public aspects of evolution. Rudolf Raff’s presentation on “Evolution and Development” covers the influence of evolution in development of body form; Eric Green discusses what we can learn from the human genome project in “Evolution and Genomics”; Robin Bush explores the uses of evolutionary research in studying pathogens in “Evolution and Infectious Diseases”. Brian Alters discusses the reluctance to accept evolution based on prior beliefs in Evolution and Education.

National Institutes of Health