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Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits

Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits

It's been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health.

If you are of Asian or European descent, about 2% of your genome came from your Neanderthal ancestors, scientists say. Now, new evidence suggests this inheritance affects a broad range of health disorders including skin disease, your ability to fight infection and even your risk of addiction and depression.

"Some of the associations we found made a lot of sense when we saw them, but the ones that affected neurological and psychiatric traits -- those were surprising," said Tony Capra, a computational geneticist at Vanderbilt...

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