Center for Evolution & Medicine

...Transforming our understanding of disease

Modern medicine is a profession, increasingly a business, that tries to help individuals largely by making diagnoses and providing treatments. While knowing the immediate cause of the problem can improve clinical practice in general, there are still deeper levels of analyzing the problem that focus on why all members of a species are susceptible to the disease in the first place. At the Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM), ASU researchers are incorporating evolutionary biology to understand why the body is the way it is, and why natural selection did not make it less vulnerable to disease. By establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine worldwide, we will gain a deeper understanding of disease that will transform medicine in fundamental ways.

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