Why is the claim that human and ape genomes are 99 percent similar and that this confirm evolution not true?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    MANY evolutionist sources from time to time carry the claim that humans and apes share 99 percent of their genetic information and that this is proof of evolution.

    99% similarity claim is misleading propaganda

    For a very long time, the evolutionist choir had been propagating the unsubstantiated thesis that there is very little genetic difference between humans and chimps. In every piece of evolutionist literature, you could read sentences like "we are 99 percent identical to chimps" or "there is only 1 percent of DNA that makes us human." Although no conclusive comparison between human and chimp genomes has been done, the Darwinist ideology led them to assume that there is very little difference between the two species.

    A study in October 2002 revealed that the evolutionist propaganda on this issue-like many others-is completely false. Humans and chimps are not "99% similar" as the evolutionist fairy tale went on. Genetic similarity turns out to be less than 95 %. In a news story reported by CNN.com, entitled "Humans, chimps more different than thought," it reads:

    There are more differences between a chimpanzee and a human being than once believed, according to a new genetic study.

    Biologists have long held that the genes of chimps and humans are about 98.5 percent identical. But Roy Britten, a biologist at the California Institute of Technology, said in a study published this week that a new way of comparing the genes shows that the human and chimp genetic similarity is only about 95 percent.

    Britten based this on a computer program that compared 780,000 of the 3 billion base pairs in the human DNA helix with those of the chimp. He found more mismatches than earlier researchers had, and concluded that at least 3.9 percent of the DNA bases were different.

    This led him to conclude that there is a fundamental genetic difference between the species of about 5 percent.

    New Scientist, a leading science magazine and a strong supporter of Darwinism, reported the following on the same subject in an article titled "Human-chimp DNA difference trebled":

    We are more unique than previously thought, according to new comparisons of human and chimpanzee DNA. It has long been held that we share 98.5 per cent of our genetic material with our closest relatives. That now appears to be wrong. In fact, we share less than 95 per cent of our genetic material, a three-fold increase in the variation between us and chimps.

    Biologist Boy Britten and other evolutionists continue to assess the result in terms of the evolutionary theory, but in fact there is no scientific reason to do so. The theory of evolution is supported neither by the fossil record nor by genetic or biochemical data. On the contrary, evidence shows that different life forms on Earth appeared quite abruptly without any evolutionary ancestors and that their complex systems prove the existence of an "intelligent design."

  • 5 years ago

    The only comparisons done so far pertain ONLY to the approximately 1-4% of the genome which codes for proteins. No comparison has been done between the ENTIRE human genome and ENTIRE chimp genome. Such a huge and costly study would undoubtedly yield a very low similarity. When comparing ONLY the 1% of the genome which codes for proteins, the similarity is between 70% and 96%, depending on the study.

    One reason why very few studies have been done on the NON-protein coding portion of the genome is because, for decades, many scientists assumed it was junk DNA - now we know this was completely wrong. So much for assuming. We now realize the NON-protein coding portion is responsible for many important functions such as preserving the genome itself! Also, a recent report unexpectedly found specific sequence patterns in “junk” DNA called “pyknons” which are responsible for determining when and where proteins are made. Furthermore, within this “junk DNA”, the areas of greatest difference appear to involve regions which are structurally different (commonly called “rearrangements”) and areas of heterochromatin (tightly packed DNA).

    The protein coding portion of the human genome has approximately 50% similarity with bananas. There are several reasons why this is so:

    1) All life on Earth is based on the same carbon/water system.

    2) In order to eat and digest bananas, we must share genomic similarities, otherwise we wouldn't be able to eat bananas in the first place.

    3) If we ever found another organism which we DIDN'T share any genomic similarities, that organism would be from a completely different planet with a different life-sustaining system altogether.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know what you are talking about, but I'm pretty sure you don't either. Humans share a lot of genes with our cousins chimps and apes. It helps us to determine our relation as well as about our common ancestor.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well..this would almost make evolution TRUE right? They actually just found that bird DNA is closer to us then monkeys... and read this article... http://www.livescience.com/animals/050408_speciati...

    I wonder where our gills went!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think you're stuck in the other 1%. What are you even trying to ask?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its the other way around, it confirms evolution

    read all the book not just the headline.

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