Issues in evolutionary medicine

@article{Stearns2005IssuesIE,
  title={Issues in evolutionary medicine},
  author={S. Stearns},
  journal={American Journal of Human Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={17}
}
  • S. Stearns
  • Published 2005
  • Biology, Medicine
  • American Journal of Human Biology
This paper illustrates the utility of applying evolutionary thought to medical issues with three examples: selection arenas, aging, and tradeoffs. First, the human female reproductive tract functions as a selection arena at two levels: in the ovaries, where atresia reduces the number of oocytes by more than 99.99% before any are ovulated, and in the uterus, where early embryos homozygous for immune genes are spontaneously aborted. These selective filters early in life have implications both for… Expand
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