An international team led by investigators at the University of California, San Diego, used whole-genome sequencing to search for clues to the genetics of altitude adaptation in Ethiopian highlanders. The researchers' whole-genome re-sequencing efforts focused on 13 individuals who were native to high-altitude locales in Ethiopia, including six from a population living on the Bale Plateau and seven from Chennek field in the Simien mountains.

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