Navigation Links
Ongoing human evolution could explain recent rise in certain disorders
Date:1/11/2010

Cambridge, Mass., January 11, 2010 The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of or perhaps because of advancements in modern culture and medicine.

"This work points out linkages within the plethora of new information in human genetics and the implications for human biology and public health, and also illustrates how one could teach these perspectives in medical and premedical curricula," says author Peter Ellison, John Cowles Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University.

Ellison's co-authors are Stephen Stearns of Yale University, Randolph Nesse of the University of Michigan, and Diddahally Govindaraju of the Boston University School of Medicine. The research was first presented at the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, co-sponsored by the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

Colloquium presentations described in the current paper include research suggesting that:

  • Autism and schizophrenia may be associated with the over-expression of paternally or maternally derived genes and influences, a hypothesis advanced by Bernard Crespi of Simon Fraser University.

  • Maternal and paternal genes engage in a subtle tug-of-war well into childhood with consequences for childhood development, as posited by David Haig, George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard.

  • Humans may be susceptible to allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases because of increased hygiene, according to Kathleen Barnes of Johns Hopkins University. Without being exposed to intestinal worms and parasites, as our ancestors were, our immune systems are hypersensitive.

  • Natural
    '/>"/>

Contact: Amy Lavoie
amy_lavoie@harvard.edu
617-496-9982
Harvard University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New infant feeding and obesity research adds insight to ongoing issue
2. A heart healthy diet and ongoing, moderate physical activity may protect against cognitive decline
3. WPI receives $1.3 million in federal awards for ongoing research in the life sciences
4. Gene regulation, not just genes, is what sets humans apart
5. Antioxidant overload may underlie a heritable human disease
6. Facial attraction -- choice of sexual partner shaped the human face
7. Humans fostering forest-destroying disease
8. SRMs track fire retardants in humans and environment
9. St. Jude influenza survey uncovers key differences between bird flu and human flu
10. Human derived stem cells can repair rat hearts damaged by heart attack
11. Influence of sex and handedness on brain is similar in capuchin monkeys and humans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2014)... have set a "mouse TRAP" to capture the early ... study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ... called TRAP to extract cellular and genetic information from ... at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in 2008, ... machinery, or ribosomes, of the cell type of interest. ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... July 3, 2014, Shenzhen, China Researchers from Salk ... for the first time evaluated the safety and ... and successfully developed a new method, TALEN-HDAdV, which ... pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC). This study published online ... important theoretical foundation for stem cell-based gene therapy. ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... Researchers from Ume University, Sweden, have explored two ... the reaction sequence leading to the formation of ... been published in the scientific journal Nature ... improving present day synthetic catalysts for water oxidation, ... devices for the direct storage of solar energy ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):A new genome editing method brings the possibility of gene therapies closer to reality 2Molecular snapshots of oxygen formation in photosynthesis 2
... The National Institutes of Health today announced awards to ... gene activity and its relationship to disease. Launched as a ... resource researchers can use to study inherited susceptibility to illness ... Each cell in the human body contains a ...
... in an oil field provide a useful source of information for ... theory, this process known as ,biomonitoring, can increase the yield from ... der Kraan, who obtained his doctorate on this topic at TU ... are highly specific ecosystems. For instance, they contain no oxygen and ...
... Permanente have found that patients with a very early form ... have higher mammographic density may be at increased risk for ... one with the initial cancer. These study results ... a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. ...
Cached Biology News:NIH launches Genotype-Tissue Expression project 2NIH launches Genotype-Tissue Expression project 3NIH launches Genotype-Tissue Expression project 4NIH launches Genotype-Tissue Expression project 5Bacteria keep tabs on state of oil field 2Breast density linked to increased risk of subsequent breast cancer 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... OMICS Group’s 5th International conference and ... 2014 at Double Tree by Hilton Beijing, China is ... Analytical & Bioanalytical research methods only to facilitate improved ... occasion, Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, MD of OMICS Group Inc ... remarkable one in bringing a unique and international mix ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... , July 10, 2014  Franciscan St. ... of capnography for respiratory monitoring outside the ... healthcare leaders in embracing state-of-the-art patient safety ... patients are breathing and can alert medical ... measuring the amount of carbon dioxide the ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Utah , July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ ... annotation and interpretation, today announced an agreement ... (NGS) analytics for Lineagen,s NextStep Dx ... of neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, currently offers ... microarray (CMA) testing service used by healthcare ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... WASHINGTON D.C., April 15, 2014 -- According to ... danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring ... (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. ... illicit nuclear trafficking have involved gram-level quantities, which ... methods. , According to a new study appearing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:A Critical Review of Analytical Techniques for Improved Living Standards 2A Critical Review of Analytical Techniques for Improved Living Standards 3A Critical Review of Analytical Techniques for Improved Living Standards 4Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Underscores Patient Safety Commitment Through Expanded Use of Capnography 2Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 2Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 3Tute Genomics Platform Selected to Provide Clinical Interpretation for Lineagen's NextStepDx PLUS Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Diagnostic Test 4Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking 2
... Thermo Fisher,Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO ) announced ... president and chief executive,officer, are adopting stock- trading ... covering the future sale of company stock. Mr.,Dekkers, ... over August,15-17, 2007, has adopted a plan for ...
... Pharmion - ... - Sirtuins implicated in tumor ... combination epigenetic therapies, BOULDER, Colo. and MONTREAL, Aug. 20 ... MYG) today announced a,research collaboration for the development of novel ...
... CLAREMONT, Calif., Aug. 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --,Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group ... second quarter of 2007 increased more than,35% over the ... times,revenues of just $13,351 for the same period in ... of 2007 were $3,256,000 compared to only,$24,374 in the ...
Cached Biology Technology:Thermo Fisher Scientific Executive Officers Adopting SEC Rule 10b5-1 Trading Programs 2Pharmion and MethylGene Announce Collaboration to Develop Sirtuin Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents 2Pharmion and MethylGene Announce Collaboration to Develop Sirtuin Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents 3Pharmion and MethylGene Announce Collaboration to Develop Sirtuin Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents 4Pharmion and MethylGene Announce Collaboration to Develop Sirtuin Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents 5Pharmion and MethylGene Announce Collaboration to Develop Sirtuin Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents 6Kiwa Bio-Tech Revenues for 1st Half Exceed $3.25 Million 2Kiwa Bio-Tech Revenues for 1st Half Exceed $3.25 Million 3Kiwa Bio-Tech Revenues for 1st Half Exceed $3.25 Million 4Kiwa Bio-Tech Revenues for 1st Half Exceed $3.25 Million 5Kiwa Bio-Tech Revenues for 1st Half Exceed $3.25 Million 6
... is a new product number, ... product number. If showing no ... the old Sigma-Aldrich number (Z71,350-3) ... assistance. ID clarifier: rack holds ...
... GX-1000 3-D Shaker , ,Product Information ... of the GyroTwister GX-1000 is extremely efficient, ... general mixing as well as staining gels, ... continuously adjustable across a broad range. A ...
...
... Radiolabeled Ligands\n\nReceptor-related research has long been enabled ... ligands selected to keep pace with new ... products and services for receptor research and ... If you do not find exactly what ...
Biology Products: