Humans share 98.5% of our genes with chimpanzees

The genome is not a blueprint for constructing a body; it is a recipe for baking a body.

As the hox story illustrates, DNA promoters express themselves in the fourth dimension; their timing is all. A chimp has a different head from a human being not because it has a different blueprint for the head, but because it grows the jaws for longer and the cranium for less long than a human being. The difference is all timing.

The startling new truth that has emerged from the human genome - that animals evolve by adjusting the thermostats on the fronts of genes, enabling them to grow different parts of their bodies for longer - has profound implications for the nature-nurture debate. Suddenly nurture can start to express itself through nature.


Even the difference between human and mouse blueprints are minor. Our variation comes from the schedules that manage the expression of genes, and these are controlled by the chemicals and enzymes in our environments.

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 Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, & What Makes Us Human
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Ridley , Matt (2003), Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, & What Makes Us Human, HarperCollins Publishers, Retrieved on 2012-05-30
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