Matteo Fumagalli, our local pendant to Marcello Mastroianni, published a new paper in PLoS Genetics arguing that the pathogenic environment is the strongest driver of local adaptation in humans. He also shows that the set of genes involved in local adaptation is enriched with genes related to auto-immune diseases – also relative to other disease genes. Something we found interesting in the light of various evolutionary hypotheses regarding the origin and causes of auto-immune diseases. Both Nature and Nature Review Genetics agreed that this was interesting and wrote news stories about it. You can find the stories here, here, and here.