Disease is bad, right? But what if some diseases are a direct byproduct of human adaptation? Discover's Gene Expression blog says we should consider disease as a byproduct of adaptation to our environment. Take sickle-cell anemia, for example. There is no doubt that this is a condition that can kill the carrier. But it is also a by-product of our adaptation to endemic malaria, the blog says.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

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