This class was tough.
This class was AMAZING. The knowledge and information that Professor Griffin taught made me view the world differently. We learned what constitutes human variation and how the environment shapes our physiological make up. The class examined the nature and extent of heritable differences among human populations in an evolutionary perspective. The role of genetics and environment in the formation of these differences is considered, as well as the social and biological concept of race.
I learned how mutations in our development create disadvantages and advantages across an array of environments. For example, I learned that humans with the mutation in the CCR5 gene called CCR5-delta32 are immune to the Bubonic plague and HIV. Furthermore, I learned how humans readily respond to changing environmental stresses in a variety of biological and physiological ways. I learned how we can acclimatize to a wide range of temperatures, climates, and humidity. For example, when traveling in high altitudes, our bodies adjust so that our cells receive sufficient oxygen. The highlight of the class was understanding how we also are constantly responding in physiological ways to internal and external stresses such as bacterial and viral infections.
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Advice for students:
Show up to class everyday with a will to learn, nothing more.