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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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AIDS and the World

If you travel to sub-Saharan Africa or much of Southeast Asia, you will quickly find that our Western medical preoccupation with genetic disease is displaced by the manifest misery of infectious disease. Malaria sends a person through waves of debilitating fever, tuberculosis literally takes their breath away, and sleeping sickness and nematode infestation drain the lifeblood. That’s not even considering by far the most prevalent pathogens on the planet: viruses. Gastrointestinal rotaviruses pose the chronic threat of diarrhea and dehydration for babies and children, occasional outbreaks of Ebola remind us that nature will eat us alive given half a chance, and even the common influenza virus leaves its scar on the world each ...

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