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More than 3% of human genome closer to either bonobo or chimp genome than they are to each other.

From a Letter to Nature (June 13, 2012), “The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes” by Kay Prüfer et al, we learn,

Two African apes are the closest living relatives of humans: the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and the bonobo (Pan paniscus). Although they are similar in many respects, bonobos and chimpanzees differ strikingly in key social and sexual behaviours, and for some of these traits they show more similarity with humans than with each other. Here we report the sequencing and assembly of the bonobo genome to study its evolutionary relationship with the chimpanzee and human genomes. We find that more than three per cent of the human genome is more closely related to either the bonobo or the chimpanzee genome than these are to each other. These regions allow various aspects of the ancestry of the two ape species to be reconstructed. In addition, many of the regions that overlap genes may eventually help us understand the genetic basis of phenotypes that humans share with one of the two apes to the exclusion of the other.

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3 Responses to More than 3% of human genome closer to either bonobo or chimp genome than they are to each other.

  1. Its just a line of reasoning and not of fact that like DNA equals like origins.
    If a creator built a independent human kind(Adam/eve) and copied his best creature in nature that these beings would most find useful in a body then the dna WOULD be like each other.
    So its only a line of reasoning to compare or track back our dna to primates and be persuaded we are related.
    It would also be that DNA close if we were not.
    Its a special case outlined in the bible.

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    According to Michael Behe, comparison between genome sequences either does not prove or could be used as an evidence of a common ancestor. Of course, Michael Behe is always wrong because he is an heretic. Ain’t he?

  3. 3

    Errata: or could NOT be used as an evidence

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