That Last 2%
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