81123241 story Our Hidden Neanderthal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression (sciencemag.org) 134 Posted by yaelk on Thursday February 11, 2016 @05:03PM from the you-cant-leave-the-past-behind dept. sciencehabit writes: Depressed? Your inner Neanderthal may be to blame. Modern humans met and mated with these archaic people in Europe or Asia about 50,000 years ago, and researchers have long suspected that genes picked up in these trysts might be shaping health and well-being today. Now, a study in the current issue of Science details their impact. It uses a powerful new method for scanning the electronic health records of 28,000 Americans to show that some Neanderthal gene variants today can raise the risk of depression, skin lesions, blood clots, and other disorders.