Genetic secrets that allow Tibetans to thrive in thin air discovered

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 15:42 in Biology & Nature

Scientists have identified a gene that enables Tibetans to thrive at altitudes where others get sick. A previous study published May 13 in Science reported that Tibetans are genetically adapted to high altitude. Now, a second study by a different team pinpoints a particular site within the human genome -- a genetic variant linked to hemoglobin -- that helps explain how Tibetans cope with low-oxygen conditions.

Read the whole article on Science Daily

More from Science Daily

Latest Science Newsletter

Get the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!

Check out our next project, Biology.Net