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The opportunistic character of adaptation through natural selection can lead to 'evolutionary pathologies'-situations in which traits evolve that promote the extinction of the population. Such pathologies include imprudent predation and other forms of habitat over-exploitation or the 'tragedy of the commons', adaptation to temporally unreliable resources, cheating and other antisocial behavior, infectious pathogen carrier states, parthenogenesis, and cancer, an intra-organismal evolutionarydoi:10.1162/106454605774270633 pmid:16197672 fatcat:5ckiixdxnndk3labs67lo3b3pu