A Neanderthal Gene That Protects Us From Covid-19 (Part 14)

This is the fourteenth article in a series called “How SARS-CoV-2 Delays, Evades, and Suppresses the Immune System.” Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9101112and 13.

Science continues to unveil the secrets of Covid-19 one paper at a time, decoding how the virus works and what the body does to protect itself in response. A new study offers a deep glimpse into this perennial battle between humans and infectious diseases by way of a gene that appears to have the power to knock out SARS-CoV-2.

One of the fundamental mechanisms the body uses to destroy incoming threats is attacking the genome. Since the SARS-CoV-2 genome consists of RNA, our cells can digest it. But that same ability isn’t tightly controlled, it can become deleterious to the host, digesting cellular, rather than viral, RNA.

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Originally published on Forbes (October 5, 2021)

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