Dmitriy Shegelman essay 1 - Dmitriy Shegelman Bionb 4270...

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Dmitriy Shegelman Bionb 4270 Essay #1 – Principle #13 (Over-expression) 9/6/10 The Darwinian approach to medical treatment, and evolution in general, provides a novel way to think about the current structure of the human body and its function. At first glance, the body appears to be a finely tuned machine that is prepared for almost any challenge the environment can present. The recognition of pathogens, even novel ones, can elicit a closely measured response thanks to a finely tuned immune system. For example, one of the body’s responses to a common cold is an overall rise in body temperature, which helps kill the infecting pathogen (Nesse & Williams, 1998). The fever system is a measured response because it reacts to a stimulus, but does not overreact, since this would mean an extreme increase in body temperature, leading to enzyme denaturing, and finally death. Similar examples of coordinated responses exist throughout the human body, and likewise carry a corresponding array of methods employed to limit those responses. Such specific and precise defenses have evolved through natural selection, a constant
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