For anyone who has hesitated to teach evolution, closes down at the idea of drift, or uses the term "% homology," Jim Smith and I wrote this review to help clear up common confusions and make evo life a bit easier.
The Perspective, published this month in ASM's education journal, discusses why evolution is so critical -- but still underused and misunderstood -- in the biomolecular sciences. We share our vision for how to teach and think evolutionarily, and we review a slew of published studies and resources for doing so.
I'm pretty excited about this "Side Project" especially Table 1, which I see as a handy guide to speaking the Language of Evolution, equally useful for research as for teaching.
We hear more about antimicrobial resistant infections every year. Where are these pathogens coming from? In a new article published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, I explain the role of horizontal gene transfer in the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Check it out it at: Burmeister, A. 2015 Horizontal Gene Transfer. EMPH doi: 10.1093/emph/eov018.
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