Last updated on: 2/22/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Yuval Itan, PhD Biography

Title:
Researcher in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at the University College of London
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“I regret that I cannot fully answer this question from the
medical/nutritional perspective since this is not my expertise. From the biological perspective, lactase persistence is a complex trait that involves genetic and environmental factors. Most adults that have a
genotype associated with lactase persistence are likely to be able to digest the milk sugar lactose, while adults who do not have the genotype will probably not be able to digest lactose. I can only speculate that for adults that have the genotype of lactase persistence milk drinking will be ‘more’ healthy (less side effects), while for adults that do not have the genotype of lactase persistence milk drinking will be ‘less’ healthy (more side effects), but a clinician is better qualified to answer this question.”

Email to ProCon.org, Feb. 23, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Researcher, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College of London
  • Researcher, Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, University College of London
  • Researcher, genetics computational modelling and simulations, Centre for Genetic Anthropology (TCGA)
Education:
  • PhD, Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology, University College of London
  • BSc, Computational Biology, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)
Other:
  • None found