Neandertal hot spots highlighted in modern humans’ DNA

Stone Age people’s mating with now-extinct species had genetic pros and cons

By Bruce Bower, 13:18 PM January 29, 2014

Humans appear to have inherited some traits related to skin, hair and some autoimmune diseases from Neandertal ancestors.

Two independent investigations identify for the first time the specific parts of the human genome that appear to have been most affected by Stone Age interbreeding with Neandertals. They locate part of Neandertals’ legacy in sections of present-day Europeans’ and East Asians’ DNA that are stocked with genes influencing the production of keratin, a key substance in skin, hai...

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