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Darwinian Medicine's Drawn-Out Dawn

Science  16 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6062, pp. 1486-1487
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6062.1486

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Twenty years ago, a pair of evolutionary biologists began urging physicians to embrace evolutionary thinking to better understand why we get sick. About 30 courses on evolutionary medicine, as the field is known, are now being taught in universities; two journals are in the works; the U.S. National Institutes of Health is about to unveil new high school curricula incorporating evolutionary medicine; and more parts of the medical community are recognizing its potential for providing a holistic framework for their increasingly specialized field. But it has been a long slog to get to this point, and proponents say there is still a long way to go.