News from CRG
On 6th and 7th October the CRG celebrate its 15th Annual Symposium, which was focused in the relationship between evolutionary biology and medicine. Under the title “Evolution and Medicine”, the conference aimed to explore the interplay of these two fields, acting either in our own species or on species directly affecting our wellbeing.
The conference merged these two fields and fostered their interaction by presenting innovative approaches to medical questions through the evolutionary biology. The scientific talks were organized around three main topics: Cancer evolution, Genetic Bases of Disease, and Host-pathogen Evolution in Infectious Disease. They covered research from tumour evolution and dynamics to evolution of infectious diseases. They also focused on human genetics evolution and its relation and adaptation to disease.
In conclusion, this meeting was an example of how risky and innovative fundamental research can lead into new approaches for medical application. In this case, it showed how evolutionary biology sheds light to medical topics and contributes to better understand human disease.