Thursday, January 2, 2014

How Plants Domesticated Humans


Fatimah Jackson
University of North Carolina affiliation
Video sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History

Humans have domesticated plants and animals for agriculture for thousands of years. What is less well-known is that plants and the chemicals they produce for defense have also had a significant effect on human biology and evolution.

Fatimah Jackson discusses her observations about malaria incidence and sickle cell anemia in Liberia and the fascinating story of co-evolution between plants and humans there.  She then discusses the developing field of epigenetics and discusses how epigentic interactions over time might have altered the course of human history.

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