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Genetic Comparison

04 Feb

We like the following article from the Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/news/are-we-99-chimps-173550/

so we encourage you to click on the link to read the whole thing. We will only quote selective parts here:

Journalists and science writers endlessly repeat the biological bromide that “humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical,” a factoid that has taken on a life of its own and, pun intended, has evolved into a worldview assumption. If our genes are virtually indistinguishable from those of chimpanzees, the reasoning goes, we must be virtually indistinguishable from chimpanzees!

Now, people certainly are capable of acting like animals, and the scientific-sounding assertion that we really are animals at heart seems to explain it. But there’s just one problem: It’s not true. Our DNA is not 99% identical to that of chimpanzees. Even if it were, that wouldn’t make us apes-except-for-one-percent. That’s bad genetic science and reductionist philosophy, to boot.

Second, it turns out that the “99%” figure resulted from using a complete human genome as the template to sequence that of chimpanzees. That would be like assembling a jigsaw puzzle based on how another puzzle fit together!

Based on what we now know, biologist and Senior Fellow at the Center for Science and Culture, Ann Gauger, estimates that humans and chimps share around 92% of our DNA. To put that in perspective, scientists tell us that we’re 90% identical to cats.

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2 responses to “Genetic Comparison

  1. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    February 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    And Ann Gauger is an intelligent design creationist:
    http://www.discovery.org/p/732

     
    • theologyarchaeology

      February 6, 2017 at 1:49 am

      So? The information is still valuable. Just because it disagrees with you and your point of view does not make it invalid or unscientific.

       

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