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Evolution: medicine’s most basic science 

Evolution: medicine’s most basic science
Evolution: medicine’s most basic science

Randolph M. Nesse

and Richard Dawkins



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

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date: 19 September 2021

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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