News and Publications

March 30, 2017

The Center for Evolution is once again accepting applications for its Venture Fund, with the goal of connecting evolutionary biology and topics related to medicine or public health. The fund provides opportunities for ASU/Mayo faculty and students to earn funding of a research project.

March 29, 2017

Scientists know more about tomatoes than breast milk, and that's a problem for Center for Evolution and Medicine faculty member Katie Hinde.

March 29, 2017

Evolution and religion often evoke strong emotional responses that can seem undeniably incompatible. Yet, researchers at Arizona State University have discovered that using a short, evolution teaching module focused on the perceived conflict between religion and evolution actually reduced the number of students with this perception by 50 percent — a big success considering about half of all undergraduate students identify as religious.

March 17, 2017

CEM Faculty member Benjamin Trumble, as part of a larger research team, has discovered that the Tsimané of the Bolivian Amazon have the healthiest hearts in the world. His study was published in the Lancet medical journal and details the many reasons why this group of people have the heart health of a mid-50-year-old at age 80.

March 10, 2017

The stomach of a house finch might hold secrets to how humans absorb nutrients, age and deal with the omniprescence of nighttime light pollution.

March 3, 2017

Who would win in a fight between a Snow Leopard, a Red Giant Flying Squirrel, a Fisher and a Rhesus Macaque? This Monday, the four will duke it out in the opening, wild card bout of the fifth annual March Mammal Madness tournament.

February 24, 2017

The Caribbean is a perfect candidate to study a genetically diverse population. Hundreds of years ago, Europeans colonized the islands and started mixing with both the native people and the African salves they brought with them. Since each of those groups had adapted differently to their home continents for thousands of years before coming back together, there were plenty of genetic differences. That kind of intermingling, if studied, could lead to new drug therapies and a better understanding disease susceptibility.

February 22, 2017

Flamingos have heart attacks, tigers get breast cancer, gorillas can have eating disorders and dragon flies get obese. Why do animals get the same diseases people do? UCLA Professor of Medicine Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. explains the potential answers in her seminar, "Not Uniquely Human."

February 21, 2017

The guy at work who contributes squat to a team project. The one who develops alligator arms every time the check arrives. The people you’ve had for dinner 20 times who always show up empty-handed.

Does it make you feel any better that ants, bees and wasps suffer from similar company?

Arizona State University’s first Cooperation and Conflict Symposium was held Thursday, bringing scholars from around campus and the world to discuss “Solving the problem of cheating in large-scale cooperative systems.”

February 16, 2017

If you want to know the future, study the past. Confucius said it. Anne Stone embodies it.

One part Indiana Jones; one part Charles Darwin; one part Jane Goodall: Stone has unearthed the secrets of a prehistoric Native American community, conducted the first analysis of Neanderthal DNA and revealed the surprising level of genetic diversity among chimpanzees.

February 7, 2017

Darwinian medicine applies modern evolutionary theory to understanding health and disease, with the goal of understanding why people get sick, not simply how. Building upon that, a concept called zoobiquity explores human and animal commonalities to diagnose and treat health problems — after all, koala bears get cancer and flamingos can have heart attacks, but physicians and veterinarians rarely consult with one another. It's the subject of a talk hosted this week by ASU's Center for Evolution and Medicine.