Biologist to Discuss Evolution’s Impact on Medicine in UA Lecture

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Mike Antolin, a biologist, will present a lecture on the relationship between public health and evolution Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Biology Building Auditorium, room 127, on The University of Alabama campus.

The lecture, “What Doctors Need to Know About Evolution,” is part of the 2014-2015 Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution, or ALLELE, series at UA. It is free and open to the public.

Antolin will address the ways that evolution impacts medicine. He will also explain how understanding evolutionary processes has the potential to impact public health.

Dr. Laura Reed, assistant professor of biology at UA, said there is a growing movement toward recognizing how evolution shapes medicine. For example, the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has caused a worldwide crisis because doctors are unable to treat them, Reed said.

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