That Last 2%

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 16:00

 Okay, so we’re not as hirsute and we don’t routinely brachiate through trees, but in what other ways are we different from chimpanzees?  With a map of the chimp genome in hand, scientists are closer to answering that question.  Join us for a trip to the primate house as we explore in what way the last 2% of DNA separates us from our swinging cousins. Primatologist Frans de Waal reminds us that we’re just as closely related to bonobos, the left-bank primates.  And, lest you forget your marine heritage, discover which genes you share with… sea urchins.


  • Frans de Waal – professor of primate behavior at Emory University, and author of “Our Inner Ape”
  • Eric Davidson – molecular biologist, California Institute of Technology
  • George Weinstock – co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston
  • Erica Sodergren – sea urchin project leader at the Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston
  • Brian Hare – primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Katherine Pollard – professor of statistics at the University of California, Davis