This news brief from December 2009 focuses on one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases: malaria. Malaria is normally treatable, but now some strains are evolving resistance to our most effective drug. Find out how researchers and doctors are trying to control the evolution of the disease.
UC Museum of Paleontology
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- Biological evolution accounts for diversity over long periods of time.
- There is a fit between organisms and their environments, though not always a perfect fit.
- Similarities among existing organisms (including morphological, developmental, and molecular similarities) reflect common ancestry and provide evidence for evolution.
- Evolution occurs through multiple mechanisms.
- Natural selection and genetic drift act on the variation that exists in a population.
- New heritable traits can result from mutations.
- Natural selection can act on the variation in a population in different ways.
- Natural selection is capable of acting at multiple hierarchical levels: on genes, on cells, on individuals, on populations, on species, and on larger clades.
- As with other scientific disciplines, evolutionary biology has applications that factor into everyday life, for example in agriculture, biodiversity and conservation biology, and medicine and health.