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Evolutionary medicine: the ongoing evolution of human physiology and metabolism


Rühli, Frank J; van Schaik, Katherine; Henneberg, Maciej (2016). Evolutionary medicine: the ongoing evolution of human physiology and metabolism. Physiology, 31(6):392-397.

Abstract

The field of evolutionary medicine uses evolutionary principles to understand changes in human anatomy and physiology that have occurred over time in response to environmental changes. Through this evolutionary-based approach, we can understand disease as a consequence of anatomical and physiological “trade-offs” that develop to facilitate survival and reproduction. We demonstrate how diachronic study of human anatomy and physiology is fundamental for an increased understanding of human health and disease.

Abstract

The field of evolutionary medicine uses evolutionary principles to understand changes in human anatomy and physiology that have occurred over time in response to environmental changes. Through this evolutionary-based approach, we can understand disease as a consequence of anatomical and physiological “trade-offs” that develop to facilitate survival and reproduction. We demonstrate how diachronic study of human anatomy and physiology is fundamental for an increased understanding of human health and disease.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:10 Oct 2016 14:33
Last Modified:10 Oct 2016 14:33
Publisher:American Physiological Society
ISSN:1548-9221
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1152/physiol.00013.2016
PubMed ID:27708045

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