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Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals

Drawing of a community of neanderthals
Claire Scully
Oct 4 2018

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Research, Faculty

A new study from Professor Dmitri Petrov's lab has  found compelling evidence that Neanderthals passed along genetic defenses against viral diseases to modern humans when the two species interbred 50,000 years ago. The study was published online Oct. 4 in the journal Cell.