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Are the healthy just born in the right place at the right time? Are the poor victims of a system designed to keep them down?


Or do physics and biology determine who is rich and who is poor? Throughout history, distribution of health is governed by hidden forces: DNA, environmental stress, patterns of human migration and even the laws of thermodynamics!


Nature seems to demand winners and losers in life. But does this mean greed is king, and the rich can take what they want? Or is cooperation – between microorganisms, monkeys, and humans – more essential to survival of a species?

Previous studies have linked poverty to depression and other mental health issues, but recent research discovered how growing up with scarce resources can actually cause genetic alterations and put people at greater risk for depression.

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