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Extinct Human Ancestors Have Impact on Our Health Today

Neanderthals - an extinct sub-species of humans - had a subtle genetic influence on modern humans.  A study comparing Neanderthal DNA to the genes of people of European and Asian descent found that a host of illnesses, including depression and blood disorders, are expressed in humans, thanks to our ancient ancestors.   With modern technology, it is now possible to sequence the DNA of our distant Neanderthal cousins. In a study comparing the genetic material of our closest...

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