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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 […]

Writing Projects

I want to write a little bit about your writing projects. First: do not worry too much about the grading of the papers. What I will mostly be looking for when I figure your grade will be improvement over the semester. After all, I want you to learn, so I wouldn’t […]

Readings for 10/20/08

Lets talk about antimicrobial resistance! Special guest Roland Cooper will visit us to talk about: falciparum malaria and chloroquine resistance. Here are your two readings for next week. Malaria Chloroquine Resistance Hastings These two readings are on eReserve as “Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance gene” and “Hastings – A requiem for […]

Cancer modeling and writing project

Some take away points from the cancer lecture: Cancer evolution that Dr. Forrest described is different from evolution of other traits. Cell level evolution: Evolution in the computer modeling of Dr. Forrest is selection on the human cell level. It is not evolution on the individual or population level. For […]


Writing project (10/13/08) Choose one: a) Dengue fever immobilizes its adult victims. Does immobilization help or hurt the transmission of the virus? How is dengue different from the common cold? What are three ways that pathgens can be transmitted? How does the way something is transmitted affect its virulence? b) […]

Handout for 9/22/08 & Articles for 9/29/08

all-stings-considered Click above for the lecture handout for 9/22/08 Articles for the “journal club” are slightly different from those posted in the syllabus. They include: Effects of Artificial Light function of the appendix evolution-and-hypertension factor V Leiden benefit psychosis and infection For 9/29/08 the class will divide into 5 groups. […]