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Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior - Lecture 21

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Lecture 21 - Evolutionary Medicine

Evolution plays an important though underutilized role in medicine. Evolution guides how our bodies respond to various treatments, how pathogens will respond to treatments, and how pathogens' responses will change over time. Pathogens oftentimes will evolve to an intermediate level of virulence where they become strong enough to infect a host and reproduce, but not so strong as to kill the host before it can spread the pathogen.

Prof. Stephen C. Stearns
EEB 122: Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, Spring 2009
(Yale University: Open Yale)
http://oyc.yale.edu
Date accessed: 2009-11-18
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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