Biotech Startup Aims to Make Use of Humanity’s Genetic Outliers
Startup Aims to Make Use of Humanity’s Genetic Outliers
May 28, 2020
(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- The Sherpa people living at high altitudes in Nepal and the Himalayas have a genetic trait that puzzles and fascinates scientists. They’re able to lead healthy, active lives with blood oxygen levels far below what most humans need to function properly. Where other people in high altitudes have adapted to boost their oxygen to typical levels over time, the Sherpa have gene variants that let them live in what should be a hypoxic, or oxygen-starved, state. “They don’t suffer any ill health effects,” says geneticist Stephane Castel. “It’s incredible.”
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