Writing Project for 9/15

From the syllabus:

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Writing project: (due monday 9/15/08), pick one:
a) Explain what scuba diving and high altitude mountaineers have in common? Describe how gene-environment mismatch causes disease in the following: decompression illness, high altitude pulmonary edema.
b) Why doesn’t everybody have perfect ability to cope with high altitude? What are some of the hardships and challenges (besides physiologic barriers) endured by human populations living at high altitude? Why do most humans live at low altitude?
c) How do psychoactive drugs cause disease by gene-environment mismatch?Do casinos exploit human neurobiology to extract money from your wallet? How is this gene-environment mismatch?

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