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Tag: Lactose

SciShow: Milk, and the Mutants That Love It

Got milk? Fact is, most people don’t — and shouldn’t — because for them, ice cream and milkshakes are basically toxic. So why can some people drink milk and survive? Turns out they’re mutants!  

UCLA: Sarah Tishkoff | CARTA | Culture-Gene Interactions

There are individuals who maintain the ability to digest milk into adulthood due to a genetic adaptation in populations that have a history of pastoralism. Sarah Tishkoff from the University of Pennsylvania presents her latest studies of the genetic basis of lactose tolerance in African pastoralist populations. Her team has identified several mutations that arose …

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