CHAOSTOCOSMOS

Thursday, 1 September 2005

Genetic Mutants

So the 'life code' of chimps has been laid bare, report the BBC and a comparison shows chimps and humans to be almost 99% identical in the most important areas of their "life codes".

We knew that, of course! (See illustration.)

Now that the search is on to discover what makes us human, scientists are focusing on the differences. For instance, they say, "Humans, seem to have lost a functioning caspase-12 gene, which may protect other animals against Alzheimer's disease."

So, if you've forgotten where you put your bananas, chances are you are NOT a chimp!

And, rather than "intelligent design", a lost gene sounds to me like some genetic screw up. Could that be it, humans are just an accidental mutation?

Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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