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Final Projects

Good Job Final Project Presenters! Thus far, the topics that have been presented have been terrific. I want to encourage all the students to keep up the good work. Good presentations so far include the following elements: 1) A description of a disease or a condition that affects human health. […]

Evolution of Aging

On monday, we will discuss the following hypotheses of aging: Antagonistic Pleiotropy is the concept that a gene for survival or a gene that promotes reproduction early can be selected for even if it kills you at a later age. So selection favors juvenile survival at the expense of old age survival. […]

Diet Lecture Slides & Handout

The lecture will be an overview of some evolutionary considerations of food. These include the concept of the paleolithic diet, which proposes that humans are healthiest when eating what our stone age ancestors ate. We will explore a variety of concepts through the lens of a Thanksgiving meal. The following […]

Next weeks topic: Diet

We are going to focus on diet next week. We have already talked about trans fats, and I think we have said enough about it already. Diet, as you know, is a huge topic, with far more information that we can cover in one week. But we will talk about […]

Reading and Slides for 11/17/08

Here is a preview of the slides for this monday’s talk: Evolution of Diabetes This is an extra reading that I did not include in the original list. Dr. Kuzawa wrote this chapter for a new book “Evolutionary Anthropology”. This work explains his hypothesis about the fixed needs of the […]

Diabetes and Development

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes are perhaps the most consequential diseases in America in terms of deaths, economic impacts, and effects on quality of life. Despite intensive efforts and millions of dollars worth of studies, our understanding of CVD and diabetes remains incomplete. The fine work of Chris Kuzawa from […]

Special Guest Wenda Trevathan

The author of the textbook “Evolutionary Medicine” will be visiting on 11/10/08 to lecture on evolutionary considerations of human reproduction and childbirth. The readings for this lecture include: Evolutionary Obstetrics. Trevathan WR.  Chapter 8 in in Evolutionary Medicine (1st edition) 1999. Eds Trevathan WR, Smith EO, McKenna JJ. Oxford University […]

Writing Project due next session

Writing project: Some have suggested that the age of weaning of infants from the breast is subject to  parent offspring conflict. Eg. infants might want to breastfeed longer than the mother would like. Breastfeeding tends to suppress ovulation and delay pregnancy.   Give an evolutionary hypothesis for why infants might exhibit […]

Reproductive Conflict – topic for 11/3/08

Thanks goes to our guest lecturers so far: Kathy Hanley, Stephanie Forrest, Roland Cooper, and Greg Ebel. Next monday, I will be lecturing on the topic of reproductive conflict. (On the syllabus we are switching the topics for 11/3 and 11/10). This genetic conflict occurs between parents and between mothers […]

Host Switching and Emerging Diseases

Next weeks topic will be on West Nile Virus. Readings for 10/27/08 are: 1)Jerzak-et-al 2)Ebel-et-al Meanwhile the writing topic due next week is unchanged from the syllabus:   Plasmodium falciparum is an extremely difficult organism to eradicate and has developed resistance to most antimalarials. Explain why the way antimalarials have been […]