Feb 27, 2020
Professor Nathan Lents studied biology at St. Louis University and then completed his PhD at St. Louis University’s school of medicine in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences. PhDs need residencies, too, so he did his postdoctoral training in cancer genomics at NYU and loved New York so much that he stayed and is now a Professor at John Jay College in Manhattan and director of the honors program.
His book, Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes, discusses the beauty of our flaws. We are not the well-oiled machines that we think we are. This is part three out of three of my interview with Professor Lents. For the orthopods, we discuss how the wrist and ankles developed in such a nonsensical way, and why standing upright causes problems from herniated discs to ACL tears. For the OBs, we discuss reproduction and why infant mortality is so high, our ability to procreate is so inefficient, and if we are already so inefficient, how menopause can actually be advantageous for natural selection.
He maintains the Human Evolution Blog and his podcast is called This World of Humans. He can be found at NathanLents.com
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