Human biology

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Human biology is an interdisciplinary academic field of biology, biological anthropology, and medicine which focuses on humans; it is closely related to primate biology, and a number of other fields.

Human biology research encompasses:

  • Genetic variation across human populations, present and past
  • Biological variation related to climate and other elements of the natural environment
  • Determinants, across populations, of risk for degenerative disease and infectious disease
  • Human growth and development
  • Biodemography

While undisputed boundaries do not exist, human biology is typically distinguished from conventional medical research by an enhanced focus on international, population-level perspectives on health, and on human evolution, adaptation, and population genetics rather than individual diagnosis.

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