Herpes Infected Humans Before They Were Human

The virus originated in chimpanzees, jumping into humans 1.6 million years ago

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the evolutionary origins of human herpes simplex virus (HSV) -1 and -2, reporting that the former infected hominids before their evolutionary split from chimpanzees 6 million years ago while the latter jumped from ancient chimpanzees to ancestors of modern humans – Homo erectus – approximately 1.6 million years ago. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

Facebook Boosts Voter Turnout

In 61-million-person experiment, researchers show online social networks influence political participation, with close relationships mattering most

About one third of a million more people showed up at the ballot box in the United States in 2010 because of a single Facebook message on Election Day, estimates a new study led by the University of California, San Diego. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. James FowlerLead author of the study report is Dr. James H. Fowler, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics and professor of political science in the Division of Social Sciences.

Dr. Fowler’s research is concerned with social networks, behavioral science, evolution, politics, genetics and big data. In recent medicine-related studies, he has examined the dynamics of alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity in large social networks.