Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human

Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes that Make Us Human

Jeremy Taylor


it truly is one of many best-known items of clinical trivia--that human DNA and chimpanzee DNA vary by way of a trifling 1.6%. yet are we then simply chimps with a number of genetic tweaks? Are our language and our expertise simply an extension of the grunts and ant-collecting sticks of chimps?

In Not a Chimp, Jeremy Taylor describes one of many nice clinical quests of our times--the attempt to find accurately what makes people various from different primates, specifically our closest evolutionary relative, the chimpanzee. Drawing on cutting-edge technological know-how, Taylor convincingly debunks the statement that our species are approximately exact genetically. He sketches the image now rising from state-of-the-art examine in genetics, animal habit, and different fields to teach that the so-called 1.6% distinction is successfully a lot better, resulting in a profound divergence among the 2 species. certainly, he explains that the evolution of the human genome has accelerated because the cut up of chimps and people from a standard ancestor greater than six million years in the past. in reality, at the least 7% of human genes--almost one gene in ten--have collected alterations in the final 50,000 years. the various genes that experience replaced orchestrate whole units of alternative genes, and up to date experiences express that it's this complicated interaction--rather than the motion of person genes--that underlies speech methods, mind improvement, and a number of different mechanisms that make people unique.

We people are a long way assorted, genetically conversing, than chimps. greater than that, we now have been the architects of our personal evolution in the course of the similar strategies that experience produced our livestock and crop vegetation. we're the apes that domesticated themselves.

"Should be obligatory examining for reporters who usually toughen the final public's false impression that chimps are essentially human."
--New Scientist

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