Neanderthal genes cured us of diseases they gave us

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Great read, Patrick. This is yet another example of discoveries I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. I still remember articles by scientists writing in the 1960’s speculating on what might be possible in the future when the human genome could be mapped. (Even though the word genome was first coined in the 1920’s, I don’t recall seeing it used in the “pop” science literature of the 1960’s. In fact, I can’t recall when I first came upon the term.)

The word genome combines a German morpheme for gene (think genesis, for “beginning” or “origin”) with a Greek morpheme (ome) for “body.”