Jul 24, 2014 - Surprising Links between Friendships and Genes
We tend to choose friends who share our interests and outlooks, but our selections may have less conscious and more ancient roots. Recent research suggests friends share genetic similarities and that resulting social networks play an important role in human evolution.
Jasper Palmer died last week. He was a patient transporter at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Jasper and I became connected closely in 2005 when Einstein became a participant in the Positive Deviance/MRSA project, facilitated by Plexus Institute.
The role of the patient transporter is to do just that:
transport patients throughout the medical complex to wherever they need to
go. When that patient is
identified as harboring the "superbug” MRSA, preventing the bacteria from
spreading during that transport is quite a challenge, one that even experts
from the CDC hadn’t figured out.
We recognized that working with the transporters and asking them how to
transport MRSA-positive patients could uncover solutions and barriers of which
we were not aware.
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