Survival Of The Sickest Summary

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Throughout Survival of the sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem, a scientific story telling form of writing takes place. Dr. Moalem puts well thought out scientific phenomenons supported by a history of evolutionary evidence that we see in our world today. Perhaps its largely due to his background studies in the emerging fields of neurogenetics and evolutionary medicine. Dr.Moalem has a very distinct way of attracting his readers to change the fundamental understanding and development of diseases, he also has this uniqueness in keeping us curious and excited to know more about a particular topic. a selection what he discusses in Survival of the sickest is the importance of iron in our bodies, he began with a case study presenting an individual with a mysterious symptoms that attract the reader’s attention, then …show more content…

Moalem distinct way of tackling misconception is truly a gift. He carefully examines each topic distinctively, followed by a detailed explanation capable of providing enough to support his argument as if he is one step ahead of the reader, for example, when discussing the topic of vitamin D influence on skin color. one of the questions that we tend to raise is how are people who have dark skin are capable of making vitamin D although their skin blocks all of the ultraviolet rays in scorching hot places such as the Sahara desert, he begins by addressing our question by saying “ if you are wondering how people who have dark skin…. you’re asking the right question” (56). He then begins slowly by examining the process by which vitamin D is produced within the skin and the genetic evolution of Apoldprotein E or ApE4 role on cholesterol level maintenance. in another scenario he examines the main stereotypical factors that is association with microbes in our body and how media and news headline tend to examine illness and microbes from a fear standpoint without examining the scientific aspect behind the development and prevention of such microbes in the first

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