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Evolution: medicine’s most basic science 

Evolution: medicine’s most basic science
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Evolution: medicine’s most basic science
Author(s):

Randolph M. Nesse

and Richard Dawkins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.020102_update_002

Update:

June 2014—this chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up to date; new website links of relevance have been added.

Updated on 28 Aug 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 16 December 2017

The role of evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine has been expanding rapidly. Some evolutionary methods are already widely applied in medicine, such as population genetics and methods for analysing phylogenetic trees. Newer applications come from seeking evolutionary as well as proximate explanations for disease. ...

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