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Genetic Basis for Living at High Altitude
September 15, 2013 | UC San Diego

“More than 140 million people have permanently settled on high-altitude regions, on continents ranging from African and Asia to South America. The low-oxygen conditions at such high altitudes present a challenge for survival, and these geographically distinct populations have adapted to cope with hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the blood.” Quoted from the UC San Diego press release.

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