COMMUNITY SITE: Up on the Plateau

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Science  14 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5784, pp. 151
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5784.151c

Tibet has lured researchers studying everything from traditional forms of conflict resolution to the effects of high elevation on child survival. Whether you're an anthropologist or a physiologist, you'll find plenty of information about the lofty region at the Web site of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Visitors can download papers and online books—written by researchers at the center and outside scholars—on marriage customs, social systems, and other topics. The average elevation on the Tibetan plateau exceeds 4000 meters, and the site houses more than a dozen publications on residents' adaptations. Tibetans can crank up blood flow to the brain faster than lowlanders can, for instance, and their lungs pump out more nitric oxide, which dilates vessels and appears to speed the absorption of oxygen.

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