Friday, March 14, 2014

Article: The Mismeasure of Man: Why Popular Ideas about Human-Chimp Comparisons are Misleading and Wrong by Ann Gauger

About Ann Gauger

She is a senior research scientist at Biologic Institute. Her work uses molecular genetics and genomic engineering to study the origin, organization and operation of metabolic pathways. She received a BS in biology from MIT, and a PhD in developmental biology from the University of Washington, where she studied cell adhesion molecules involved in Drosophila embryogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard she cloned and characterized the Drosophila kinesin light chain. Her research has been published in NatureDevelopment, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

In this featured article, Ann Gauger argues that popular ideas about human-chimp comparisons are misleading and wrong.  She writes:

"You have probably heard that our DNA, the stuff that makes us human, is only 1% different from chimps. The claim that we are little more than apes is now part of the Zeitgeist of our culture, having been propagated in the popular press for nearly forty years. However, that statement and the conclusions drawn from it are false." 

I invite you to examine her case here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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