Certain Neanderthal DNA can make COVID-19 symptoms much worse

Certain Neanderthal DNA can make COVID-19 symptoms much worse

- A recent study shows that people who carry Neanderthal DNA are more likely to be affected worse by COVID-19

- There are plenty of factors that affect how severe COVID-19 symptoms are for some individuals, such as age and underlying conditions

- 16% of Europeans carry this gene, as well as 63% of people who are of Bangladeshi descent

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COVID-19 patients who have a strain of Neanderthal DNA run a higher risk of having severe complications of the disease, according to researchers. People who have been infected with COVID-19 who carry the genetic coding of earlier human cousins are more likely to require mechanical ventilation.

There are a number of factors that determine whether a person will need serious care for COVID-19 symptoms or not. These are age and underlying medical conditions. However, according to this new study, genetic factors can also play a role.

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"It is striking that the genetic heritage from Neanderthals has such tragic consequences during the current pandemic," says Svante Paabo, director of the department of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Certain Neanderthal DNA can make COVID-19 symptoms much worse
Certain Neanderthal DNA can make COVID-19 symptoms much worse. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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A fairly new study by the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative showed that a genetic in the human genome is found to come with more severe forms of the disease. This same genome was also found in Neanderthal origins.

16% of Europeans carry this gene. As well as about half of the population across South Asia. 63% of them are found in Bangladesh, which could explain why people of Bangladeshi descent are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than the general population.

Thus, people who have this gene may face more severe symptoms of the Coronavirus.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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