COVID Resistance from Neanderthal DNA

In summary, recent studies have found that a major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals. However, on the flip side, a genomic region associated with protection against severe COVID-19 is also inherited from Neandertals. This suggests that being a Neandertal may have some advantages in terms of immunity against the virus.
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CNN)People who survive a bout of Covid-19 with mild symptoms or even no symptoms may be able to thank their Neanderthal ancestors, a new study suggests.

Researchers found a genetic mutation that reduces the risk of severe Covid-19 infection by about 22%. It was found in all the samples they took of Neanderthal DNA, and in about 30% of samples from people of European and Asian origin.
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The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals
atyy said:
A genomic region associated with protection against severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neandertals

I guess it's better to be a Neandertal than a Neanderthal!

Which probably means it's time to quote the incomparable Tom Weller:

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1. What is "COVID Resistance from Neanderthal DNA"?

"COVID Resistance from Neanderthal DNA" refers to a recent study that suggests people with certain genetic variations inherited from Neanderthals may have a lower risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

2. How does Neanderthal DNA provide COVID resistance?

The specific genetic variations inherited from Neanderthals affect the ACE2 gene, which codes for a protein that is involved in the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus into human cells. These variations may make it more difficult for the virus to enter and infect cells, providing some level of protection against COVID-19.

3. Are all people with Neanderthal DNA resistant to COVID-19?

No, not all people with Neanderthal DNA will have the same level of COVID resistance. The study found that the genetic variations associated with COVID resistance are more prevalent in some populations, such as South Asians and Europeans, but less common in others.

4. Can Neanderthal DNA also make a person more susceptible to COVID-19?

While the study suggests that some Neanderthal DNA may provide protection against COVID-19, it is also possible that other genetic variations inherited from Neanderthals could make a person more susceptible to the virus. More research is needed to fully understand the role of Neanderthal DNA in COVID-19 susceptibility.

5. What are the implications of this study for COVID-19 treatment and prevention?

This study provides valuable insights into the genetic factors that may influence COVID-19 susceptibility and severity. However, it is important to note that genetics is just one aspect of a person's overall risk for COVID-19. Other factors such as age, underlying health conditions, and lifestyle choices also play a significant role. Further research is needed to fully understand the role of Neanderthal DNA in COVID-19 and its potential implications for treatment and prevention.

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