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Ancient Migration Patterns Offer Explanation
for Unequal Susceptibility to COVID-19

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Posted By: Judy W., 12/31/2020 9:11:49 AM

A group of genes passed down from human cousins who went extinct 50,000 years ago explains why inhabitants of certain regions of the world are far more susceptible to COVID-19 than people living elsewhere, according to new interdisciplinary research. Two distinct phenomena—the migration of homo sapiens from east Africa to the north and east between 70,000 and 100,000 years ago and the spread of the novel coronavirus in the opposite direction over the past year—are connected, concludes Duke University scholar Adrian Bejan in his paper, “Coronavirus Invasion and Neanderthal Retreat.”

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Thanks to 23 and Me, we can find out if we have Neanderthal DNA. A particular gene cluster makes one more susceptible to the Covid virus, and sicker if you get the virus. This cluster is rare or absent in Africans and East Asians. So it's not Asians' superior reaction to Covid that makes their death rates so much lower than ours; it's their genes.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Laotzu 12/31/2020 10:20:20 AM (No. 645756)
What a bolloxed up title. So much work to avoid the word "genetic".
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