Genetic diversity: Driving cancer evolution

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...

How cancer escapes chemotherapy

This is a heads up for a very useful essay, written by Mel Greaves, for The Darwin Cancer Blog - a blog dedicated to commenting on evolutionary approaches to cancer. In this essay, titled "Ways of Escape", Greaves draws a number of comparisons between chemo-resistance...

More misery for the amyloid hypothesis

Further to our feature, a few weeks ago, on the state of health of the amyloid hypothesis - the dominant hypothesis to explain Alzheimer's disease - comes news of yet another abandoned trial. This time the company is Merck and the drug under test is verubecestat,...

R.I.P. Hygiene Hypothesis

I've just come across this excellent article in the current issue of PNAS - by science writer Megan Scudellari. The article is liberally sprinkled with quotes from the doyen of the so-called "old friends" hypothesis, Graham Rook of University College, London, and his...

ISEMPH 2017 Meeting Poster

Download 8.5x11 poster                   Download A4 poster Learn more about the meeting and download a printable poster,...

ISEMPH Meeting Abstract Deadline February 15

The landmark 2017 ISEMPH 3rd annual meeting will be in Groningen, The Netherlands, on August 18-21, 2017, in conjunction with the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB). February 15 is the deadline for submitting abstracts and the opening date for early bird...