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Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine. This First Session will be devoted to an overview of evolutionary medicine. Pictured above is Staphylococcus Aureus that has evolved resistance to methicillin aka “MRSA”.

A version from last year’s first lecture is here for preview: introductory-lecture

Click here to get the second lecture slides:sickle-cell-handout

The syllabus is available in the link at the top of this page.

Readings for the each weeks lecture will be listed in the syllabus. Before each week there will be a post in this blog that lists the readings and discussion points for that topic.

These are this weeks readings: Go ahead and check them out now. This will help with the discussion on thursday.

Evolution and the Origin of Disease. Nesse, RM. Scientific American November 1998: 86-93.

3. Two Lessons from the Interface of Genetics and Medicine. Allison A. Genetics 166: 1591–1599 (April 2004) (Read page 1-5)

Office Hours: for Dr. Alcock are by appointment only. He may be contacted at 265-1711 ext 2621 or with the email provided in class.

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Joe Alcock

Emergency Physician, Educator, Researcher, interested in the microbiome, evolution, and medicine

2 replies

  1. Helpful perhaps?

    Antolin, M.F. 2009. Evolutionary biology of disease and Darwinian medicine. Pp. 281-298 In: Ruse, M. and J. Travis (eds.). Evolution: the First Four Billion Years, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

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