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Seminar Series on Evolutionary Medicine - Frank Rühli: Ongoing evolution, how anatomy and physiology changes.

  • Date: Nov 16, 2017
  • Time: 17:00 - 18:00
  • Speaker: Frank Rühli from the University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Please find more information on the speaker here: http://www.iem.uzh.ch/en/people/dir/frankruehli.html
  • Location: MPI Plön
  • Room: Lecture hall
  • Host: Tobias Lenz and John Baines

Abstract
Evolutionary Medicine addresses issues of evolutionary impact and
constraints on human health and disease. The aim of this talk is to show
latest results that we not only can learn from the past for the present
but that evolution is ongoing. Historic and modern data show short-time
secular adaptation of human morphology (e.g. body measures such as BMI /
stature) and genetics (e.g. functional alleles such as lactase
persistence) as a result of environmental and cultural changes. Relaxed
natural selection has a major impact on modern humans, especially the
occurrence of disease and thus needs to be incorporated in future public
health strategies.

 
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