The Evolution & Medicine Review

The National Academy of Sciences webpage has just posted an interview with Peter Ellison about the recent Sackler Symposium Evolution in Health and Medicine. Audio recordings of all the talks with slides will be available on the web after a few weeks; in the meanwhile, Ellison’s talk gives an overview of what turned out to be a remarkable meeting.  A highlight was when Jeffrey Flier, Dean of Harvard Medical School, addressed Elllison and suggested they collaborate immediately to figure out strategies for bringing more evolutionary biology into the Harvard curriculum.  Several other exchanges also revealed new enthusiasm for ensuring that doctors and medical researchers are provided with the full range of evolutionary knowledge.  The payoffs such knowledge offers were illustrated, sometimes dramatically, by many of the presentations on specific scientific topics.