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  • Neanderthal Bones Reveal Presence of Ancient Human Viruses

    Neanderthal Bones Reveal Presence of Ancient Human Viruses

    Neanderthal remains from the Altai Mountains contain human viruses, a team of researchers has found, suggesting that infectious diseases may have been transmitted between anatomically modern humans and our closest (extinct) cousins. The team’s research, posted to the biology research preprint server bioRxiv last month, describes conserved segments of ancient viral genomes the team identified…


  • Landmark Research Reveals the Origins of Multiple Sclerosis

    Landmark Research Reveals the Origins of Multiple Sclerosis

    DNA from ancient humans is providing some vital clues about the emergence of multiple sclerosis and other devastating neurodegenerative conditions. In a series of new research papers out this week, scientists detail evidence that many genetic variants linked to MS first began to spread globally about 5,000 years ago, from populations living in Eastern Europe…