Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Psychologically we're still much alike, in all the ways that matter.

CLOSEST KIN GENETICALLY MORE DIFFERENT THAN BELIEVED

Human-chimp DNA difference trebled
22:00 23 September 02
NewScientist.com news service

We are more unique than previously thought, according to new comparisons of human and chimpanzee DNA.

It has long been held that we share 98.5 per cent of our genetic material with our closest relatives. That now appears to be wrong. In fact, we share less than 95 per cent of our genetic material, a three-fold increase in the variation between us and chimps....