Did you know that the genetic emergence of lactose tolerance may have helped the Mongols defeat the Chinese? Biochemistry senior Aanchal Deol investigated another genetic variant that may predispose peoples exposed to famine conditions to hypertension and diabetes. She focused on higher methylation levels in two genes which creates a higher risk of these diseases. Her project attempted to draw a correlation to historically famine-exposed Chinese populations to modern day impoverished groups within the United States. She presented her work in poster format at the Honors Symposium. This is Aanchal’s second honors project.