Saturday, October 07, 2006

What makes us Different?

Don't you think they are looking alikely CUTE?

What makes us Different? by Michael D. Lemonick and Andrea Dorfman in TIME says, "Chimpamzees share roughly 98% to 99% identical to humans at the genetic level. When it comes to DNA, a human is closer to a chimp than a mouse to a rat"(46-47).

The Puzzling Origins of AIDS by Jim Moore in American Scientist, Vol 92 says, "Most recent work has shown that the closest relative of the primary human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) is another simian immunodeficiency virus, one carried by chimpanzees (SIVcpz)." SIVcpz cross over into humans and become pathogenic. Surprisingly, SIV is harmless to its hosts (chimpanzees) when HIV causes AIDS in human.

I read Jim Moore's article about AIDS origins a while ago and just finished reading about "what make us different?".
My "un-expert non-scientist" mind happen to assume that maybe we can find the answers for AIDS in those differences of 1- 2% genes and find the cure for AIDS. Do you guys think it might be possible?


Anonymous said...

possible, yeah... just creepy...

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-Princess Shin- said...

They do actually look alike! haha.. but i prefer the little baby.. much cuter!

Forty_Two said...

Does that explain my affinity for climbing trees?

KarateCritic said...

Interesting. I did not realize that there was so much held in common between chimps and humans. Hopefuly you are spot on with your observation and researchers will be able to get it worked out.

misssixty said...

i deffinatley believe in evolution, but it's odd to think that chimps are closer to humans that mice to rats :S