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Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

Evolutionary Genetics

A Covid-19 risk variant inherited from Neandertals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent

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Several million euros in EU funding for Max Planck early career researchers

Evolutionary Genetics

Eleven Max Planck projects receive starter grants from the European Research Councils (ERC); humanities and social sciences lead the internal ranking

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Modern humans developed a more effective protection against oxidative stress

Evolutionary Genetics

Neanderthal variant of the protein glutathione reductase increases risk for inflammatory bowel disease and vascular disease

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DNA in archaeological sediments

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient human and animal DNA can remain stably localized in sediments, preserved in microscopic fragments of bone and feces

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Molecular Analysis Reveals the Oldest Denisovan Fossils Yet

Evolutionary Genetics

Denisova Cave has yielded new Denisovan remains associated with archaeological artifacts in its lowermost layers dating to 200,000 years ago

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Pleistocene sediment DNA from Denisova Cave

Evolutionary Genetics

Sediment DNA tracks 300,000 years of hominin and animal presence at Denisova Cave

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Genomes of the earliest Europeans

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neandertals

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