Chimps

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2009

VENTER: Out of that work seven years ago, we thought we all had the same genes and we differ from each other...

DAWKINS: Not exactly.

VENTER: Well, yeah, with 1 out of 1000 variation. So now from the complete genome - both sets of chromosomes - we know that you and I probably differ from 1 to 2%, which a year ago, all of us were telling the world that we differ from chimps by 1.27%.

DAWKINS: So we underestimated?

VENTER: So we underestimated all of that, now it's more like 5 to 6% now.

Richard Dawkins interviews Craig Venter, Decoder of human genome, 17:14, 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E25jgPgmzk.