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Neanderthals are big, apparently

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In medicine, some place. Keep in mind, unlike evolutionary psychology, medicine is a serious science.

From Nature:

Neanderthals had outsize effect on human biology

Using de-identified genome data and medical records from 28,000 hospital patients, Simonti and Capra looked for differences in traits and medical diagnoses between people with a particular Neanderthal gene variant and those with the H. sapiens version of the same gene. They found that the Neanderthal variants seemed to slightly increase the risk of conditions such as osteoporosis, blood-coagulation disorders and nicotine addiction. Another analysis, which looked at the combined effects of many DNA variants, painted a more mixed picture. It revealed links between Neanderthal DNA and depression, obesity and certain skin disorders, with some variants being associated with an increased risk and others with a reduced risk. Simonti presented the data at the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Vienna on 15 July.

Neanderthal gene variants, like most human variants, had only a tiny effect on the risk of developing these conditions, notes Capra. But seeing Neanderthal genes involved in skin disorders, including lesions triggered by sun exposure, chimes with previous studies linking Neanderthal DNA to skin biology, he says.More.

Okay, another Darwinfact shot to hell.

There never was separate “Neanderthal” species anyway. So now the buzz is around minor, clinically treatable stuff.

That said, the mop-up operation is going to be difficult.

See also:

Neanderthal Man: The long-lost relative turns up again, this time with documents

A deep and abiding need for Neanderthals to be stupid. Why?

What can we responsibly believe about human evolution?

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2 Replies to “Neanderthals are big, apparently

  1. 1
    daveS says:

    Okay, another Darwinfact shot to hell.

    I’m not sure I follow. Which Darwinfact has been refuted?

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    Robert Byers says:

    They lose credibility saying depression is from genes.
    Depression is just a memory problem. not genetic.
    These neanders never existed except as regular people.

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