September 1, 2005

Viva La Difference

There has been much talk about the commonality between the human genome and that of other animals. Fir instance, human and chimpanzee genomes are 96% identical. Yet, that 4% is a lot of difference:

...it is the differences between the species´┐Żas many as 3 million of which fall in functional areas of the genomes´┐Żon which research now focuses.

According to the main study, the catalog of genetic differences includes about 35 million single-nucleotide changes, 5 million insertion/deletion events, and a number of other chromosomal rearrangements.

Yep, that should keep those researchers busy for a while.

Posted by Steve on September 1, 2005
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