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Peer review calms claims on human evolution

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    Peer review calms claims on human evolution 30 April 2001 16:00 GMT by Adam Rutherford, BioMedNet News Novel post-genomic analysis expected to overturn the
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2001
      Peer review calms claims on human evolution
      30 April 2001 16:00 GMT
      by Adam Rutherford, BioMedNet News

      Novel post-genomic analysis expected to overturn the received wisdom of the
      evolutionary origins of humans has ended up reinforcing the widely-held dictum
      that humans and chimpanzees are more closely related to each other than either
      are to gorillas. The research team, led by Jack Lenz, professor of
      retrovirology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, responded to
      criticism of early drafts of its work by developing an approach that not only
      reinforced established dogma, but also experimentally proved an earlier theory
      of ancestral allelic variation.

      "What our paper adds is a strong piece of experimental evidence that says
      humans and chimps are not the most closely related species at every locus in
      their genomes," Lenz told BioMedNet News on Friday. "But the loci at which this
      is the case are probably at a very small percentage," he added.

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