Modern Europeans Have Twice as Much DNA from Neanderthal Than First Believed

Posted by Jean-Yves on Oct 9, 2017

Some modern humans have more Neanderthal DNA in their genetic make-up than first thought, a new study has found. Research shows that between 1.8 and 2.6 per cent of the genomes of modern, non-African human populations is made up of Neanderthal DNA.

This is far higher than previous estimates of 1.5 to 2.1 per cent. These genes play roles in our cholesterol levels, eating disorders, arthritis and other diseases today, the researchers claim.

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