Evolutionary Medicine: A Powerful Tool for Improving Human Health.
Hood E, Jenkins KP
Evolution: Education and Outreach (2008)
Category: evolution, teaching ¤ Added: Aug 19, 2008 ¤ Rating: ◊◊
Modern evolutionary research has much to contribute to medical research and health care practices. Conversely, evolutionary biologists are tapping into the rapidly expanding databases of medical genomic information to further their research. These two fields, which have historically functioned in almost complete isolation, are finding mutual benefit in the exchange of information. The long-term benefits of this synthesis of two major areas of research include improved health care. Recently, efforts to catalyze this relationship have brought together evolutionary biologists, medical practitioners, anthropologists, and ethicists to lay the groundwork for further collaboration and exploration. The range of overlap is surprisingly broad and potentially invaluable.