Tuesday, February 21, 2017

High-Handed Heterozygotes?

Granted, this paper is from 1981 and the results are somewhat inconclusive, but the premise is still interesting. Jews in particular are a rather interesting population because until recently they tended to only mate within themselves, meaning that genetic drift was rampant (and making them perfect for this study on possible heterozygote advantage in not contracting tuberculosis). Unfortunately, this study found no correlation between the two so having Tay Sachs or being a carrier for it still just sucks.


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