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from the evolutionary past, which was a benefit to
another species survival.
High blood sugar levels (seen in diabetes)
are required by fast sprinting organisms requiring
quick energy bursts when pursuing a prey, or
being pursued by a predator. Various forms of
inflammation many lower
organisms only form of
infectious disease defence.
One only needs to
visually observe the tails, and
gills, and webbed hands and
feet, that are present during
human development, to
appreciate the unique,
"locked down" layers of our
evolutionary past.
As such, while the
sequencing of the human
genome was quite useful, we
must move beyond our sole
focus on this data and more
fully embrace comparative,
inter-species genomics in
our study of the progression
between healthy and
disease tissue states.
Nature has developed very reliable methods
for biologically "turning back the biological clock"
and "starting over" in a controlled fashion that
benefit the underlying organism, and these
learnings can be leveraged for human health and
Evolutionary genomics is an
integrated discipline that
investigates and compares
the genomes of various
species, and their respective
models of evolution, from
bacteria on up to humans.
Why as humans should we
be interested in this?
Every disease that
is responsible for the
degeneration and death of
human beings, has some
particular genetic property
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