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A genetic inheritance from Neanderthals holds therapeutic promise for a 21st century pandemic

Montreal, July 8, 2021 - Earlier this year, a team of researchers with the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and the Biobanque Quebec COVID-19 discovered that people who had elevated levels of the protein OAS1 experienced less severe illness and lower rates of mortality when infected with COVID-19. In a paper published in Nature Medicine, they posited that small molecules capable of boosting OAS1 warranted further study for their effect in triggering the body’s immune response against the virus.

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