A recent article by Hood and Jenkins provides an overview of a May 2007 Meeting on Evolutionary Medicine organized by Diddahally Govindaraju, Peter Byers and Stephen Stearns and hosted by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
Abstract Modern evolutionary research has much to contribute to medical research and health care practices. Conversely, evolutionary biologists are tapping into the rapidly expanding databases of medical genomic information to further their research. These two fields, which have historically functioned in almost complete isolation, are finding mutual benefit in the exchange of information. The long-term benefits of this synthesis of two major areas of research include improved health care. Recently, efforts to catalyze this relationship have brought together evolutionary biologists, medical practitioners, anthropologists, and ethicists to lay the groundwork for further collaboration and exploration. The range of overlap is surprisingly broad and potentially invaluable.
Keywords Evolution – Medicine – Genomics – Human health – Lifestyle – Infectious disease
HOOD, E. & JENKINS, K. (2008) Evolutionary Medicine: A Powerful Tool for Improving Human Health. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 1, 114-120. DOI 10.1007/s12052-008-0036-9