Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Stress Response

  title={Evolutionary Origins and Functions of the Stress Response},
  author={Randolph M. Nesse and Elizabeth Anne Young},
defense A trait that is latent until aroused by threatening situations in which it is useful. natural selection The process by which genes that give a fitness advantage become more common from generation to generation and those that decrease fitness become less common, thus shaping traits including defenses. phylogeny The evolutionary history of a trait or a species. trade-offs The fitness costs and benefits of a trait whose net effects yield a selective advantage. 
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