One Genetic Risk Factor for Severe Respiratory Distress from COVID-19 Derives from Neanderthals

Several days ago, Carl Zimmer, wrote a piece on a curious segment of the human genome, spanning 6 genes on Chromosome 3. This segment is unique in that 63% of Bangladeshi's carry at least one copy, and about 1/3 of of South Asians carry this variant. In Europe, only 8% of people carry this segment,... Continue Reading →

The Purposeful Neglect of Brazil’s Indigenous People with the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, certain populations are at greater risk than others. We know older people, those who are immunocompromised, and those of certain ethnicity are at greater risk of severe complications of this disease and even death. A particularly high risk population are indigenous peoples with little to no contact. People attending a... Continue Reading →

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