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Friday, June 17, 2011

Was Mating With Neanderthals Good For Human Health?

It's an argument that's been going on for years. Did humans intermingle with Neanderthals? Is there really any evidence to suggest this? Peter Parham, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford, seems to think so.

Peter Parham recently presented evidence to the Royal Society in London that Europeans gained many of the genes for human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) from neanderthals. Comparisons of the human and Neanderthal genomes were conducted by Parham to locate similarities and differences in the DNA of modern human populations and Neanderthals.

Read the Story: Mating with Neanderthals Good for Human Health @ Discovery News


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