"The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neandertals." Zeberg & Paabo. 2020. [PREPRINT]
Check out CARTA Member, Svante Paabo's (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), new co-authored #preprint on bioRxiv, which links major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 complications with an inherited Neandertal DNA segment.
**As always, please observe the caveat: "bioRxiv is receiving many new papers on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. A reminder: these are preliminary reports that have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or be reported in news media as established information."**
The New York Times also offers an excellent summary of the research, produced by CARTA Science Writer, Carl Zimmer, who also quotes new CARTA Member, Joshua Akey (Princeton University).