Prof. Dr. Randolph Nesse

If natural selection is so powerful, why is disease so common?

Michigan, United States

Prof. Dr. Randolph Nesse | If natural selection is so powerful, why is disease so common?

The body is an odd mix of things that seem like they are close to perfect, like the heart and the eye, and things that seem like gross mistakes, such as the appendix, the narrow birth canal,  the appendix, and our limited abilities to fight infection and cancer. The rapidly growing field of evolutionary medicine provides answers to such questions. This talk will explain why selection has left our bodies so vulnerable to infection, cancer, eating disorders and depression, and how this knowledge can increase our abilities to prevent and treat disease.