Chimp genome: Lessons from our closest cousin

 作者:濮祓膝     |      日期:2019-04-04 07:02:10
By Robin Orwant To the untrained eye, it looks like the work of a very bored chimpanzee sitting at a half-broken typewriter. But the 2.8 billion As, Ts, Cs and Gs published by an international consortium of sequencing labs is far from a random string of letters. The chimp genome sequence will tell us much about how our closest evolutionary cousins are put together – and teach us a great deal about ourselves. “The major accomplishment is that we now have a catalogue of the genetic differences between humans and chimps,” says lead author Tarjei Mikkelsen of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having that,