23andMe Connects You To The Neanderthal Inside Almost Everyone
Even though Neanderthals vanished about 40,000 years ago, their DNA lives on in us. Research tells us that they interbred with humans around 60,000 years ago.
23andMe can tell you how much of your DNA is derived from Neanderthals and how that compares to others. We can even point to specific Neanderthal DNA that is associated with traits that you might have – like height and back hair.
This week we're reading stories about Neanderthal children, the earliest immigrants to the Americas, and about a researcher who spent decades studying Huntington's disease, the rare genetic illness that killed her mother and threatens to take her as well.
Modern humans and Neanderthals hail from a common ancestor, and non-Africans have some fraction of Neanderthal DNA. That overlapping history explains some of the things we have in common with our ancient human cousins.