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High Altitude and Cold: Adaptation to the extremes

A conference to discuss the latest scientific results on adaptation of high altitudes and cold environment from both physiological and genetic perspectives


Humans evolved in Africa and only relatively recently colonized the rest of the world including environments of extreme cold and high altitude. Recent studies have highlighted independent evolution of physiological phenotypes and genotypes in Andean, Tibetan, and Ethiopian highland populations and have identified a number of genes that show significant correlation with climatic variables. This two-day conference aims to bring together leading experts of physiology, population genetics and anthropology to discuss the advances in our current understanding of high altitude and cold adaptation and the origins of populations living in extreme environments.

The conference was held at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK, on 28-29 September, 2012.