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the genes that allow some of us to live on dairy

It's been so long since we've had a real argument on here about whether humans were "meant to" drink cow's milk! Nice article in the NYT today about exactly what genes were selected for to make some of us lactose-tolerant, and what an advantageous adaptation it is.


Tue. Dec 12, 3:39pm

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I am type O- blood (of european ancestry) and would consider myself pretty lactos intolerant. I can eat a small amount of products with milk in them, but I'll get really sick if I eat a normal serving.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 4:18 PM

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Has NOTHING to do with your blood type -- has to do with whether you have a certain gene or not. If you are Dutch or Swedish, you probably do. Other kinds of European, out of luck.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 5:33 PM

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I'm 0 too and could drink liters of milk without any problem. it is all about genetics and how you grew up...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 5:57 PM

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OP, you make me giggle. "It's been so long since we've had a real argument on here about..."

I guess arguing about milk beats arguing about politics :-))

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 6:22 PM

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Were people lactose intolerant 100 years ago? Maybe there is something in our milk or the cow's diet.

Hard to believe a whole country would not be able to drink milk...or were they ok with it?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 7:09 PM

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