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Unraveling Where Chimp and Human Brains Diverge


UNRAVELING WHERE CHIMP AND HUMAN BRAINS DIVERGE
Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow, December 5, 2006
http://www.vetscite.org/publish/items/003362/index.html


Six million years ago, chimpanzees and humans diverged from a common ancestor and evolved into unique species. Now UCLA scientists have identified a new way to pinpoint the genes that separate us from our closest living relative -- and make us uniquely human. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports the study. "We share more than 95 percent of our genetic blueprint with chimps," explained Dr. Daniel Geschwind, principal investigator and Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine. "What sets us apart from chimps are our brains: homo sapiens means 'the knowing man.'

source: Science Daily, December 5, 2006
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061113180219.htm

 

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