Adapting to Arsenic

News Release Date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015

University of Arizona researcher Walter Klimecki, who has studied factors affecting arsenic susceptibility, also urged caution about Broberg’s conclusions regarding selection, but admitted that the study could spark important insights into human evolution. “If these findings are confirmed to the level where there’s general acceptance that this represents an instance of a toxic compound acting as a selecting agent in natural selection in a human population,” he says, “this would be the first report [of that] in a human population, and so there’s obvious interest from that standpoint.” Read More