ISEMPH Early Bird Deadline April 14th!

ISEMPH Early Bird Deadline April 14th!

April 14 is the last day for reduced fee registration for the August 2017 Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health in Groningen, Netherlands. ISEMPH members get a special further reduced rate, and those who also register for the...

How a beneficial gut microbe adapted to breast milk

It is now well documented that the best way for an infant's gut (largely sterile at birth) to get populated by the bacterial components of a healthy microbiota is through its mother's milk. Over 700 species of bacteria have been found in breast milk including the...

Why resistance develops to antibiotics but not vaccines

David Kennedy and Andrew Read have kindly supplied the following teaser for their latest paper in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B. As they point out, this "armchair speculation" has elicited a gamut of reactions ranging from awe to scorn and so we are sure they...

How “Adaptation and Natural Selection” Changed Two Lives

In 1957. George C. Williams published a seminal paper that initiated new thinking about core evolutionary medicine topics, including the origins of menopause and aging. Nine years later he published Adaptation and Selection (ANS), a book that changed the course of...

Genetic diversity: Driving cancer evolution

There are two related and interesting articles on cancer evolution in a recent edition of eLife. The first is a commentary by Devon M Fitzgerald and Susan M Rosenberg, of the Baylor College of Medicine, on a paper in the same issue  titled "TGF-β reduces DNA ds-break...

Is atherosclerosis a modern disease after all?

What factors should we blame most for the continuing pandemic of heart and artery disease throughout the Western world? The argument has endured more twists and turns than California Route 1. For years, the diet cholesterol hypothesis has held sway, with added blame...