What Americans Can Learn From a Vial of Tibetan Spit

Tibetans have developed unique biological traits to adjust to life at high altitude, and assessing these genetic differences may benefit all of us. Associate Professor Sienna Craig and colleague Cynthia Beall are working to understand the role that these unique genes may play in “the biology of diseases as diverse as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, and cancer.”

Craig writes about these biological discoveries, as well as the challenges of translating medical science between Tibetan and American cultures, in a recent article in Pacific Standard.

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