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Alexandra Linder HW #1 2/3/09 I wanted to study evolutionary biology because I plan on studying medicine when I graduate, and evolution gives a context for many of the modern medical issues. Bacterial and viral resistance creates new strains of infections that necessitate the engineering of novel drugs that can treat them. Studying the evolution of these bacteria and viruses gives doctors an insight into what causes them to do so and how they can be treated. As we read in the first chapter of the book, evolution is key in
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Unformatted text preview: understanding the development and spread of HIV through the population. As a biology major, evolution provides a context for everything else I study and how various biological structures and processes came about. I have always been fascinated by the complexity of our metabolic processes and wondered what their origins were, billions of years ago. Evolutionary theory gives an explanation to many otherwise unexplainable phenomena in the natural world....
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