Metabolic basis to Sherpa altitude adaptation


Nepalese Sherpas have a physiology that uses oxygen more efficiently than those used to the atmosphere at sea level. The biochemical tests on the fresh muscle showed that the Sherpas’ tissue was able to make much better use of oxygen by limiting the amount of body fat burned (i.e. low levels of fatty acid oxidation)…

On the Roots of the “Shrestha” Clan


The following blog was posted as a comment (by Vikool Shrestha (Hada)) to one of my previous blogs on the relevant topic. The insight on the story is very interesting. However I cannot ascertain any credibility to the story presented below as I’m not an expert in the history/origin of any ethnic groups. I’m not…

Lecture Series on – “Conservation Biology and Wildlife Genetics in Nepal”


8 lecture series on the theme “Conservation Biology and Wildlife Genetics in Nepal” was held at Kathmandu University. The lecture series was given by Prof Dr Jacques Van Alphen (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Laura Bertola (Leiden University) and was jointly organized by Himalayan Tiger Foundations and Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN). (24-25 Nov…

Genetic Ancestry of Nepalis


One evening, few years back, my grandpa passed down a legacy to me and my cousins – the story of our ancestors. I belong to a Newar community which is one among the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley. Newars have been living in Kathmandu valley from the prehistoric times. As per my grandpa, our ancestors…

Science in Nepal Needs Neighborly Aid


As the Great King of Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah, puts it – “Nepal is a yam between the two big stones”. Certainly this context is even more relevant today. Nepal is a land between the two giants – India and China. Both are emerging superpowers of the world in terms of sociology-economics to the current…