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BST This Week #10: Gene Mutation Key to High-Altitude Living

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:38pm
On this episode of Bioscience Technology This Week, Christina Jakubowski covers a genetic mutation that allows high-altitude-dwelling Tibetans to survive in the peaks of the Tibetan Plateau. Our second story highlights the possibility that minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children.
 
8,000-Year-Old Mutation Key to High-Altitude Living
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive in the thin air on the Tibetan Plateau, with an average elevation of 14,800 feet. A new study is the first to identify a genetic variation, or mutation, that contributes to that adaptation.
 
Colds May Temporarily Increase Child’s Stroke Risk
A new study suggests that colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children. 
 
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