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.