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Human culture can be force for evolution, says this New York Times article. The prime example cited is lactose tolerance in adults of northern European and some of African descent — being able to consume that added source of nutrition, it is thought, allowed people with that ability to better survive and pass that gene on. Now, the article says, researchers are scanning through the human genome to find regions under selective pressure.

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