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From _Science_ 250:376, an article by Ann Gibbons (that's really her name) entitled "Our Chimp Cousins Get That Much Closer": It wasn't long afterwards, however, that actual DNA sequences from nuclear genes began coming in that offered strong support for close ties between chimps and humans. Perhaps the best work came from [Morris] Goodman [of Wayne State University] and his colleagues, who looked at some very long sequences-- more than 10,000 bases at last count. In 1987 they reported that there is only a 1.6% difference between humans and chim- panzees in non-coding regions of the globin gene cluster. ---------------------------------------------------------- To put the numbers into some sort of perspective, the genetic distance between humans and chimps is less than that between the red-eyed vireo (_Vireo olivaceus_) and the white-eyed vireo (_V. griseus_). [From _The Third Chimpanzee_ by Jared Diamond.]

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