CEM Seminar - John Pepper
Research Biologist, Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
Why mammal meat is bad for humans (and only humans)
Eating red meat (meat from other mammals) increases our risk for cancer, and for several other diseases resulting from chronic inflammation. This is uniquely true for humans, among all species on earth, and it results from uniquely human quirks of evolution and biochemistry. I’ll explain this.
Dr. Pepper received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, where he now serves on the External Research Faculty. His research focuses on the theory of multilevel selection and evolution, and on applications of this theory. Currently, he is working primarily on applications of evolutionary theory to complex diseases, especially cancer. His 50 peer-reviewed publications on cancer biology, on behavioral ecology, and on evolutionary theory and its applications, have been cited an average of 31 times each.