Darwinian medicine: an evolutionary perspective on health and disease

Muhammad Aadil Spocter, Goran Štrkalj


Under the name of Darwinian medicine evolutionary theory has made a strong impact on modern medical research and practice. This paper focuses on phenomena such as evolved host defences, evolution of virulence, genetic conflicts with other organisms, adaptations to novel environments and tradeoffs and constraints in biological systems.

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Muhammad Aadil Spocter, University of the Witwatersrand

Goran Štrkalj, University of the Witwatersrand

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Darwinian medicine; Evolutionary theory

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South African Medical Journal 2007;97(11):1044.

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Date submitted: 2007-04-12
Date published: 2007-11-22

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