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The central theoretical concept in all life sciences is adaptation, the idea that things change over time. Unlike other species, we humans have the full benefit of a dual system of inheritance; that is, we use (or are shaped by) both biological and cultural systems of adaptation. Both systems work in a similar way. Through the process of sexual reproduction, we inherit genetic traits from our parents, and through the process of learning, we inherit culture from our social group. Culture is a central concept in the study of human beings, and its existence has played a major role in the success of our species, including our success with combating, controlling, and containing disease.
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Leclerc-Madlala, S. and Alobaidi, M. (2016). Sharpening Our Cultural Tools for Improved Global Health Engagement. Joint Force Quarterly. Vol 82: Qtr 3. 86-90. [attached]