Understanding Human Evolution: Implications for the Theory & Practice of Medicine

12/2/2016; 48 minutes

In this inaugural presentation to incoming UC San Diego Medical School students, Dr. Ajit Varki, Executive Co-Director of CARTA, provides an evolutionary perspective on understanding human health and disease. Why? Because The biological aspects of medicine are rooted in understanding the evolution of our species, and those of other organisms that interact with us in health and disease. Thus, to paraphrase Dobzhansky, "nothing in the biological aspects of medicine makes sense except in the light of evolution." (#31730)

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