Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine

Why is evolution important for medicine? Because evolution kills. Evolution also cures. We will explain in this first session.

For the first meeting of the 2015 Evolutionary Medicine Course we will define evolutionary medicine, give a broad overview, and discuss the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

JG

Special guest James Gurney PhD

We are also lucky to have research collaborator James Gurney join us on August 18 to describe our recent work using bacteriophages to combat a dangerous and increasingly common pathogen, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Phage

Each whitish circular colony is MRSA. The clear spots on the top row are caused by lytic bacteriophage. We are evolving bacteriophage to be a more efficient predator of MRSA in the lab at UNM.

The syllabus is here (subject to change):evo-med-schedule-2015

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