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May 14, 2008

Torah Kachur

 

The human genome project opened the doors to understanding the complexities of the human body - our superiority at the genetic level.  Until, of course, we found out that chimpanzees share a whopping 98% of our DNA.  Darn - humans aren't so special after all.

In the evolution of monkeys and man, small changes in DNA sequence accumulated over time.  These can be measured, studied and processed because we now have the genomes of many different primates.  We can study these sequence changes to determine just how evolution happened.  DNA holds the secret to where we came from...   So did we evolve from chimps or not?  

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