Researchers find Neanderthals passed a sub-strain of Human papilloma virus to humans

By Samantha Page
Updated September 14 2021 - 4:27am, first published September 13 2021 - 2:30am
Researchers find Neanderthals passed a sub-strain of human papilloma virus to humans roughly 80,000 years ago. Picture: Shutterstock.

The virus that causes cervical cancer has been evolving in hominins for 500,000 years and split from its ancestors around the same time that humans and Neanderthals diverged, researchers find.

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