Science News: Some Neandertal genes in people today may protect against severe COVID-19

Science News: Some Neandertal genes in people today may protect against severe COVID-19. “A new study looked at a stretch of DNA on chromosome 12 where a haplotype — a cluster of genetic variants that are inherited together — that affects susceptibility to the coronavirus is located. For each copy of the Neandertal haplotype a person inherited, the risk of needing intensive care fell approximately 22 percent, researchers report in the March 2 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

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