On the plus side, the same genes could be keeping them alive. Science and health journalists lap it all up at Muotri’s feet, so Gage’s prank works. The Neanderthals. "These, and other, innate immunity genes present higher levels of Neanderthal ancestry than the remainder of the coding genome," said Quintana-Murci. As the Neanderthal minibrains of Leipzig matured, COVID-19 arrived and the Leipzig MPI director Pääbo decided that it was upon him to save the world. The paper also reports that for the immune system, “most adaptations targeting coding variation have occurred in the last 6,000 to 13,000 years, the period at which populations shifted from hunting and gathering to farming.”. Got allergies? The curious legacy comes from three genes that crossed into modern humans after their distant ancestors had sex with Neanderthals, or their close relatives the Denisovans, more than 40,000 years ago.” Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. In the same edition, another paper reaches the same conclusion through a different route. https://t.co/E6dRqqJuHn. In fact, a surprisingly number of snippets of Neanderthal DNA were associated with psychiatric and neurological effects, the study found.“. For same reason, all humans, chimps and bonobos would be in the same taxonomical family Homo (or Pan), like horses and donkey are (Equus sp.). However, the inheritors of those genes pay a price for their immune protection in greater susceptibility to allergies, which is probably why multiple forms of these genes survive to this day. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Lo and behold: “I almost fell off my chair because the segment of DNA was exactly the same as in the Neanderthal genome”, Hugo Zeberg told the British newspaper. So here is the paper (its June 2020 preprint here): Hugo Zeberg, Svante Pääbo The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals Nature (2020) doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2818-3, Genetic variants that are associated with the risk of severe COVID-19 may have been inherited from Neanderthals, according to a paper in Nature. Leonid Schneider is creating Independent Science Journalism. As it happens, much of US medicine is based on this exact presumption already, that Black patients feel less pain than whites and should receive less or no pain medication or in fact, medical attention. Your generous patronage of my journalism will be most appreciated! The Max Planck Society issued a press release: “The biggest factor for how much pain people report is their age. Dannemann has now published his work in the American Journal of Human Genetics. You can blame the Neanderthals 01:31 (CNN)Now we know we have one more thing in common with the Neanderthals, our closest evolutionary cousins, who went extinct around 40,000 years ago. Including COVID-19, a Nature-published discovery which made news worldwide. In Europe, one in six people carry the risk variant, while in Africa and East Asia it is almost non-existent.”. Independent Science Journalist and Cartoonist. In this regard, it is also funny that that Capra’s obesity findings is what the Leipzig MPI people say they failed to reproduce. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. See this comment by Nature News editor Richard van Norden on RW: “Take Svante Paabo’s 1985 paper where he cloned nuclear DNA from an ancient mummy [Pääbo, S. Nature 314, 644-645 (1985)]. This is just one of many risk factors for severe disease, and others include advanced age and being male.
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