What Americans Can Learn From a Vial of Tibetan Spit (Pacific Standard)


In a Pacific Standard opinion piece, Dartmouth’s Sienna Craig writes about her work studying the biological traits of Tibetan women and the challenges of translating medical science across cultures.

“We are taking reproductive histories, recording biometric markers, and collecting saliva samples for DNA analysis,” says Craig, an associate professor of anthropology. “This U.S.-Nepalese collaboration has health implications for people living at all altitudes around the world because these genes are necessary for intrauterine development. They also play a central role in the biology of diseases as diverse as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, and cancer.”

Craig is chair of the Department of Anthropology and a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.

Read the full opinion piece, published 8/18/14 by Pacific Standard.

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