The evolution of lifespan and age-dependent cancer risk

In this recent (September 28th) paper in Trends in Cancer, Andrii Rozhok and James DeGregori, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, set out to resolve what they see as two crucial limitations of past and current theories of carcinogenesis, which explain...

Can lateral gene transfer cause disease?

Kelly Robinson and Julie Dunning Hotopp share a lab in the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and jointly research the role of bacterial lateral gene transfer in human disease. We're used to human evolution putting imported viral genes to good use...

In search of autism’s roots

There's an interesting editorial on autism in PLoS Biology, written by PLoS staffer Liza Gross. She looks at several papers on the possible origins of autism that have come out since the disastrous effect on vaccination caused by the irresponsible publication of...

Fresh challenge to “thrifty gene” hypothesis

Back in 1962, James Neel proposed the “thrifty-gene” hypothesis to explain rising epidemics of metabolic syndrome - obesity and its closely associated co-morbidities - throughout the western world. This suggested that, since obesity has a strong genetic component, it...

Live Webcast of EvMed Symposium Friday Oct 14, 1-5 pm PDT

A free live webcast of “Implications of Anthropogeny for Medicine and Health,” will be streamed from 1:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday October 14. The symposium is co-sponsored by CARTA and The ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine, and organized by...

Antagonistic pleiotropy may help make babies

In direct contrast to the previous post, which preaches caution when attributing antagonistic pleiotropy to cases where palpably deleterious genes or gene variants persist despite their obvious dysgenic effects, this paper, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, by...

A hitchhikers guide to eczema

One form of eczema, atopic dermatitis, results in very unpleasant itchy, red, scaly rashes often over large parts of the body. Blistering can occur and splitting of the skin, which can exude and leaves the skin open to infection. The genetic cause of eczema has just...