Genes that may raise the risk of dying from Covid-19 were inherited from NEANDERTHALS that lived up to 60,000 years ago, study claims

Genes that may raise the risk of dying from Covid-19 were inherited from NEANDERTHALS that lived up to 60,000 years ago, study claims. By Sam Blanchard.

Researchers from Germany and Sweden found a specific cluster of genes — sections of DNA — had been linked to an increased risk of Covid-19 death.

In a study of 3,199 hospital patients with the coronavirus in Italy and Spain, other scientists discovered that this genetic signature was linked to more severe illness.

They found that people who developed such bad Covid-19 that they needed a ventilator were 70 per cent more likely to have the genetic variation.

And now Professor Hugo Zeberg and Dr Svante Pääbo have discovered the variation was inherited from Neanderthals that lived up to 60,000 years ago. … Professor Zeberg and Dr Pääbo said in their study that having the Neanderthal genetic sequencet, found on chromosome three, is ‘the major genetic risk factor for severe SARS-CoV-2 infection and hospitalization’. …

It appears to affect the immune system’s response and may cause it to overreact to Covid-19, they suggest, making people more likely to get seriously ill or to die.

Not everyone has those genes — they are most common among people of South Asian ethnicity [India, Bangladesh, Pakistan], among whom it is present in around a third of people. It is less common in Europe, where about eight per cent of people carry it.

Racial differences due to genes (apart from visual features too obvious to deny) are usually forbidden by the left — but they aren’t onto this one yet.

Maybe something like covid-19 wiped out the Neanderthals?

Btw, Neanderthals and homo sapiens interbred. Abut 2% of the genes in most of today’s Europeans come from the Neanderthals. Sub-Saharan blacks have no Neanderthal genes.