Extrapolating Evolutionary Biology to Medicine





After 20 years working as a consultant physician in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Dr Ryan became interested in evolutionary biology and its extrapolation to human evolution, and thus to medicine.  In exploring the forces that drive natural selection, he explains  how  these are important to our understanding of both the evolutionary construction of the human genome, and to the genetic underpinning of disease.  One of these forces in particular - genetic symbiosis - became the subject of his own researches, leading him to define the concept of viruses as symbionts. 

He has written a number of defining papers on viral symbiosis for biologists and doctors and is currently writing a series of five review papers for the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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