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.