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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 9:14:26 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.”


Thanks to 23 and Me, we can find out if we have Neanderthal DNA. Many or most European-origin people have a little bit of it. A particular Neanderthal 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. I've always thought there was some physical reason for Covid's milder course in east Asian countries.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: red1066 12/31/2020 9:31:20 AM (No. 645699)
The lab rats in China knew this too. It's why this virus was developed the way it was.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq 12/31/2020 10:27:39 AM (No. 645766)
Stop it, yer killin' me.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: TAzer 12/31/2020 12:04:09 PM (No. 645840)
The article actually states that the Neanderthal DNA is found at its highest percentage [stated as 4%] in East Asia, and that the cluster of Neanderthal genes found to be highly correlated with poorer resistance to the Coronovirus is found in 30% of South Asians but only 1/6 [ so around 18%] among Europeans... and [apparently] close to zero among "native" sub-Saharan populations. This correlation is very interesting, and should lead to more work to flesh-out /better understand what is going on. However, it is a huge - nowhere justified- leap from that to claiming that this data indicates that Neanderthals vanished because of viruses and not competition from modern humans.... This happens so often among scientists. Careful statistical analysis is carried out on data drawn from carefully designed experiments or observational studies, and then at the end the guys or gals tack on some "WTH" speculation-out of the blue- and simply not justified by what they have done in their research- as if it was a natural consequence of their results. [and that is without even accounting for all those cases where political agendas impose themselves on the interpretation of results. You know, "Overfishing in the Black Sea is damaging its ecosystem [true], so we need The Great Reset [huh?] ". ............... Here's a thought, ye who would be scientists, let's actually seek the truth of things, and not just go around pre-assuming what the truth should be. You know, more Kepler and less Lysenko. More Feynman and less YouTube.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1 12/31/2020 12:49:53 PM (No. 645875)
I like to think that my ability to play Nose Guard/Linebacker those many decades ago was enhanced by Neanderthal genes. I have a long torso, short legs, and big feet. (If my legs matched my torso, I would be 6'4" rather than 6'.)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Antioco39 12/31/2020 1:04:19 PM (No. 645889)
Caca BS. No one can tell us what really happened 1000 years ago anywhere and these "publish or perish" dimwits are telling us what? 50,000 years ago? Horse manure and hogwash!
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