October 19, 2009

[efoods]A new field of medical research is looking at the emergence of modern epidemics like asthma and obesity through the prism of Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old theory of evolution.

In focus at a World Health Summit, which finished Sunday in Berlin, was evolutionary or Darwinian medicine, which aims to help doctors and medical researchers recognise that humans have evolved down the ages.

The body “is not a machine, like a machine designed by engineers, it is shaped by natural selection and has flaws in different pieces,” said Randolph Nesse, a pioneer in the field from the University of Michigan.

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