November 21, 2006 // 01:11 pm // Join the Discussion (0) // Share This

Of Monkeys and Men

An artist's rendering of the face of a half-monkey/half-man graced the October 9, 2006 cover story for Time magazine. Titled, "What Makes Us Different?," the article's tagline responded, "Not very much, when you look at our DNA." For seven pages, the article highlights the latest research into mapping the genome of the chimpanzee compared with the human genome. We are told that of the 3 billion base pairs in the human genome, only 1.23 percent are different from that of the chimp's DNA. But does this mean, as the article states, that these great apes are man's "closest relatives on the tree of life"? Not necessarily...