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All Stings Considered…

The subject of the next lecture 9/22/08 will be evolutionary considerations of venoms, toxins, and antibodies to these molecules. What is the difference between a venom and a toxin? Are biologic toxins different from organic toxins? Who benefits from a toxin?  (not including Phillip Morris 🙂 ) What if a “toxin” actually […]

Writing Project for 9/15

From the syllabus: Reminder: writing projects can be found on the syllabus if they are not posted here. Click on the syllabus link above to get access to the complete course syllabus. Writing project: (due monday 9/15/08), pick one: a) Explain what scuba diving and high altitude mountaineers have in […]

Mismatch and Mimicry

What are the consequences of caveman genes interacting with the modern environment… radically different food, new technology, petro-chemicals, artificial light, drugs? Novelty and extreme environments often cause disease. Perhaps we are optimized for a Pleistocene environment. Lecture tomorrow will explain how a variety of illnesses occur because of our caveman […]

Questions and Comments

I will attempt to answer questions posed to me by email at this blog. One recent question was: “Something you mentioned in class – “evolution has bigger effects the younger you are.”  does not make immediate sense to me, and I was hoping you can explain this in a bit […]

Novel Environments

The September 8 session will cover the topic of gene-environment mismatch and disease. Gene-environment mismatch helps explain sickle cell disease in North America. It is also an important feature of human illness in extreme environments, such as SCUBA diving and high altitude mountaineering. We will discuss human adaptation to high […]

Suggested Writing Projects for Next Session

Thanks to all who participated in the inaugural Evolutionary Medicine course at UNM! Especially thanks to everybody who participated in the discussion. Some novel and very interesting hypotheses were presented. Since we did not discuss Sickle cell anemia, I am going to suggest some other writing topics. You are still […]

First Week Evo Med Course!

Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine. This First Session will be devoted to an overview of evolutionary medicine and a discussion of sickle cell anemia. Pictured above is a pregnant woman with sickle cell disease. Click here to get the first lecture slides:introductory-lecture Click here to get the second lecture slides:sickle-cell-handout Click […]