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Cutting-edge research from Oxford University shows that a strand of DNA that triples the risk of developing severe Covid-19 was passed on from Neanderthals to modern humans. This suggests that a chance encounter 50,000 years ago between Neanderthals and humans laid the foundations for a significant portion of the devastating death toll associated with the pandemic. Genomics expert James Davies and biological anthropologist Simon Underdown discuss this important discovery, a perfect example of chaos theory in action, and explore why Neanderthal genes persist in humans to this day. Chaired by Vivienne Parry.

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Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre

Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.

The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.

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