3 Aspects of Humans and Evolution 3 Aspects of Humans and Evolution Sickle Cell Anemia, Malaria and Evolution 3 Aspects of Humans and Evolution Sickle Cell Anemia, Malaria and Evolution “The Red Queen” in action 3 Aspects of Humans and Evolution Sickle Cell Anemia, Malaria and Evolution
If sickcle cell anemia is so bad, why is it around anyway?
And why, in parts of west Africa, is the rate of affliction so high that most people are afflicted?
The “Red Queen” is the idea in evolutionary biology that we are in a race with our predators and we have to keep evolving in order to stay alive.
Our predators, at this time, are mostly microbes: viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
“The Red Queen” comes from “Through the Looking Glass”. Alice runs as fast as she can, but seems to go nowhere. The Red Queen remarks:
`Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place.
The Red Queen
Two excellent examples of how human biology is connected with evolution and the race against predators are…
Two Types …