PerspectiveMedicine

Combating Evolution to Fight Disease

Science  07 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6175, pp. 1088-1089
DOI: 10.1126/science.1247472

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Summary

Molecular biology and evolutionary biology have been separate disciplines and scientific cultures: The former is mechanistic and focused on molecules; the latter is theoretical and focused on populations. However, these domains are beginning to converge in laboratories addressing molecular mechanisms that explain how evolutionary processes work, and bring these processes to bear on medical problems such as cancer and infectious disease. Each discipline can be viewed as a missing link in the other's description of biology, and in medicine.