Friday, December 29, 2006

Humans only 94% similar to chimps, not 98.5%

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published: vendredi 29 décembre 2006 2:44:43

There’s a bigger genetic jump between humans and chimps than previously believed

A lot more genes may separate humans from their chimp relatives than earlier studies let on. Researchers studying changes in the number of copies of genes in the two species found that their mix of genes is only 94 percent identical. The 6 percent difference is considerably larger than the commonly cited figure of 1.5 percent.

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