February 28, 2011

'Thrifty Gene' Thrived Due to Prejudice?

Carolyn Abraham, Globe and Mail


Globe and Mail

Robert Hegele had doubts. Even in 1999, as the research attracted wide media attention and the British Medical Journal declared, “Thrifty gene identified in Manitoba Indians,” Dr. Hegele could not be certain – which is telling, since he was the geneticist who had made the discovery.

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TAGGED: Native Populations, Genes, Genetics, Obesity, Diabetes

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