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Not a Chimp: The Hunt to Find the Genes That Make Us Human

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It is one of the best-known pieces of scientific trivia--that human DNA and chimpanzee DNA differ by a mere 1.6%. But are we then just chimps with a few genetic tweaks? Are our language and our technology just an extension of the grunts and ant-collecting sticks of chimps?
In Not a Chimp, Jeremy Taylor describes one of the great scientific quests of our times--the effort t
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 15th 2009)
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gary fulmer
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scholar in genetics written in complex language

A deep and well reasoned defense of human uniqueness. He stresses that how,if,when,the components of gene expression is as important as the number of related genes between humans and chimpanzee.
Greg
Really liked this. Initially mainly classified as "evolution", but after reading, I shoved it into "Brain/Neuroscience"

Three main sections, starting with genes and how genes, proteins and gene expression levels, how they differ, and what it might mean, moving on to behaviour and cognition experiments before finally looking at the brain and its structures and what that might be able to tell us.

Although he did explain everything, I often felt it was pitched at quite a high level, so if someone did
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Shinynickel
Jan 20, 2010 marked it as to-read
Off this review by Jonathan Beard,

Taylor provides a lucid explanation of the complex changes that have shaped the chimpanzee and human genomes in the six million years since we shared an ancestor.
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“De Waal’s argument is, I believe, one of the most egregious fallacies in studies of evolution. It is to claim that, simply because we are closely related genetically, we must be closely related behaviourally.” 0 likes
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