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From Evolution to modern Medicine

Postby Sc0tt1e » Mon Mar 14, 2005 4:59 am

Is there a chain of science (biology) that leads from Darwin’s theory of evolution to medical advances? In contrast with it only leading to more “pure” science. I know this is a lazy on my part but I am curious what the impact would be on modern medicine if no one would have made evolution a scientific principle as some creationist would have us do

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Postby mith » Mon Mar 14, 2005 8:26 pm

Well,without biology we wouldn't be able to have the taxonomic system which groups similar species. And without that we wouldn't be able to know much about drugs since most of them are tested on animals at first. Also we wouldn't try pig organ/hormone transplants.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Mar 14, 2005 8:36 pm

A friend of mine who has diabetes told me that the latest procedure in this desease is such a transplant. They take healthy pig pancreas cells and insert them into your pancreas. However, this procedure has to be made every 2-3 years. I didn't understand exactly why..
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Postby Sc0tt1e » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:44 am

mithrilhack wrote:Well,without biology we wouldn't be able to have the taxonomic system which groups similar species. And without that we wouldn't be able to know much about drugs since most of them are tested on animals at first. Also we wouldn't try pig organ/hormone transplants.



Thanks, but what I’m trying to understand is the role the theory of evolution had in getting us to where we are in biology/medical science today. If no one formulated the theory evolution, adaptation, survival of species etc. in the past, would we have the life enhancing knowledge and medical technologies we have now?

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Postby 2810712 » Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:53 am

Its a very good question,
I think, it is harder to find any therapy based on the knowlwdge of evolution , atleast in the modern medicinal systems. Because, evolution is very slow process ,
its relatively faster in tapidly reproducing organisms eg. bacteria.
See , I have an example where we use evolution. See, to get the appropreate bacterial stain, we make the appropriate bact. strain antibiotic resistant [ for some specefic antibiotic ] Then , when we add that antibiotic, to the mixed population of bacts, only the appropriate strain bacts remain , [we have to confirm this by initially testing the original bacterial population for antibiotic resistance - this is not major pt. here ]
Here we are using the principal "fittest survives" . Although , if we hadn't formulated the concept of evolution, we could formulate this technique, isn't it? Its would have rather likely for us that we formulate the evolution concept from this experimental result.

So, concept of evolution is slow acting and thus not used in modern techniques.

But , as per I know, in most medical feilds, we use some principles of evolution, but the formulation of the treatement , the techis independent of knowing the concept of evolution. Oh harder to use English anymore...hummm.
Thanx for reading , its so long that if it would've been posted by anybody else, I would not have read this, I'm a bit lazy. :P

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Re: right guy

Postby Sc0tt1e » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:42 pm

2810713 wrote:Its a very good question,
I think, it is harder to find any therapy based on the knowlwdge of evolution , atleast in the modern medicinal systems. Because, evolution is very slow process ,
its relatively faster in tapidly reproducing organisms eg. bacteria.
See , I have an example where we use evolution. See, to get the appropreate bacterial stain, we make the appropriate bact. strain antibiotic resistant [ for some specefic antibiotic ] Then , when we add that antibiotic, to the mixed population of bacts, only the appropriate strain bacts remain , [we have to confirm this by initially testing the original bacterial population for antibiotic resistance - this is not major pt. here ]
Here we are using the principal "fittest survives" . Although , if we hadn't formulated the concept of evolution, we could formulate this technique, isn't it? Its would have rather likely for us that we formulate the evolution concept from this experimental result.

So, concept of evolution is slow acting and thus not used in modern techniques.

But , as per I know, in most medical feilds, we use some principles of evolution, but the formulation of the treatement , the techis independent of knowing the concept of evolution. Oh harder to use English anymore...hummm.
Thanx for reading , its so long that if it would've been posted by anybody else, I would not have read this, I'm a bit lazy. :P

hrushikesh

Thank you for your valiant effort..The example of bacteria has given me a direction to research. Thank You ..Ed
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