Cancer transmission via the placenta

Greaves M, Hughes W. Cancer cell transmission via the placenta. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. 2018 Jan 1;2018(1):106–15. (open access Abstract: Cancer cells have a parasitic propensity in the primary host but their capacity to transit between individuals is...

Influenza and One Health 100 years after the Epidemic

Bailey, E. S., Choi, J. Y., Fieldhouse, J. K., Borkenhagen, L. K., Zemke, J., Zhang, D., & Gray, G. C. (2018). The continual threat of influenza virus infections at the human–animal interface. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2018(1), 192–198....

Job: Asst. Prof Medical Anthro at Baylor

This position will likely be ideal for someone interested in evolutionary medicine Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s...

Does competition reduce drug resistance?

Huijben, S., Chan, B. H., Nelson, W. A., & Read, A. F. (2018). The impact of within-host ecology on the fitness of a drug-resistant parasite. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2018(1), 127-137. Background and objectives: The rate of evolution of drug resistance...

Ticks, meat allergies, and modern dysbiosis

A most intriguing  article by Moises Velasquez-Manoff showed up in this week's NY Times magazine. It starts with the new data showing that meat allergy can be precipitated by a tick bite. Alpha-gal (Galactose-alpha-1,3,-galactose) is present in other mammals but not...

Amyloid Beta is a Feature not a Flaw

Amyloid beta is turning out to be an effective antimicrobial not a rouge dangerous byproduct. The slowness to recognize its function illustrates  the danger of pursing only proximate explanations without thinking deeply about why selection shaped mechanisms to make...

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