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2016-11-15. European diseases left a genetic mark on Native Americans.

posted Nov 20, 2016, 5:19 PM by Alan Gould
By Michael Price, Science. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 4. Excerpt: When the indigenous peoples of the Americas encountered European settlers in the 15th century, they faced people with wildly different religions, customs, and—tragically—diseases; the encounters wiped out large swaths of indigenous populations within decades. Now, researchers have found that these diseases have also left their mark on modern-day populations: A new study suggests that infectious diseases brought by Europeans, from smallpox to measles, have molded the immune systems of today’s indigenous Americans, down to the genetic level....  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/european-diseases-left-genetic-mark-native-americans