Disc_4_Darwinian_Medicine

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Biology 108 Discussion #4 Evolution and Medicine Questions to consider for “Why we get sick”. 1. What is Darwinian medicine? Is Table 3 a useful way of looking at the phenomena associated with infection? 2. How does one properly classify a response to infection as adaptive to the host, adaptive to the pathogen, or non-adaptive to either party? What experiments could one perform to determine if a particular response is adaptive? 3. For which disease symptoms do we have good evidence that the symptom represents an adaptive response by the host? 4. What is the Red Queen Hypothesis? What inherent advantages do pathogens hold over humans in the evolutionary arms race? What advantages do humans have?
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Assume you are asked to develop a scientifically-based set of guidelines to regulate the prescription of antibiotics worldwide. What guidelines would you suggest, and why? 6. Would you expect pathogens to evolve towards reduced virulence? What are some of the environmental factors that affect the optimum level of pathogen virulence? 7. What are some ways in which changing environments affect the short-term dynamics and evolutionary trajectory of host-parasite relationships? How, for instance, might mosquito control in malarial regions affect the evolution of Plasmodium...
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