How Monkeys and Humans Look So Different But Share So Many Genes

How Monkeys and Humans Look So Different But Share So Many Genes

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  • Mr. Cruise, how do humans and chimps look so different but share so many genes?
  • Let´s go to the library and research that question Tommy.
  • This book says how humans and chimps are 98.5% the same genetically, but during a testing there are about 1,000 groups of genes that triggered in different ways during the development of facial features in chimps and humans. 
  • Ok interesting, lets go check out the web now.
  • I found that as humans and chimps gradually evolved from a common ancestor, their DNA, passed from generation to generation, changed too. In fact, many of these DNA changes led to differences between human and chimp appearance and behavior.
  • I also found that Human and chimp X chromosomes both contain about 1,100 different genes, or sets of instructions. Each gene affects a particular trait in the body.
  • This is some great info so far!
  • This next website says that the 33 percent of our genome that codes for proteins with our relatives genomes reveals that although the sum total of our genetic differences is small, the individual differences pervade the genome, affecting each of our chromosomes in multiple ways.
  • This has been such amazing info!
  • Thank you so much for researching my question and answering it Mr. Cruise! Now I understand how humans and chimps look so different, but share so many genes.
  • Of course Tommy, anything to help out on of my students!
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