The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals

@article{Zeberg2020TheMG,
  title={The major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neanderthals},
  author={Hugo Zeberg and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-3}
}
A recent genetic association study 1 identified a gene cluster on chromosome 3 as a risk locus for respiratory failure after infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A separate study (COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative) 2 comprising 3,199 hospitalized patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and control individuals showed that this cluster is the major genetic risk factor for severe symptoms after SARS-CoV-2 infection and hospitalization. Here we show… 
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