We inherited DNA from Neanderthals that helps us to fight viral infections. Image: Claire Scully
Our viral defenses are inherited from Neanderthals - life science news

New research has shown that Neanderthals and modern humans interbred and exchanged viruses. The Neanderthal DNA ended up in our DNA, and helps us to protect ourselves against viruses. This DNA-based adaptation was particularly strong against RNA viruses in Europeans. Thus, before vanishing from the globe, Neanderthals gave us the genetic tools to fight viral infections.

Read the full story: Stanford University
Scientific publication: Cell