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Field of study that applies the principles of evolutionary biology to medicine and public health. It is nearly synonymous with evolutionary medicine, though this is a less specific designation. Darwinian medicine is used to provide a scientific foundation for research and clinical practice. Examples of practical applications include the use of evolutionary modeling to understand antibiotic resistance; other applications include deepening scientists' understanding of what disease is and explaining why the metaphor of the human body as a designed machine is inadequate. Darwinian medicine has found use in providing a basis for evolutionarily informed decisions in public health policy.
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