--- Things you don't need to know
--- Weird things we (humans) share our DNA with
We share 50% of our DNA with bananas�
It's true. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas. Apparently Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at University College, London is credited with stating this information. Kind of freaky when you think about it. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is what makes us all different, but the difference between us and the next species or even a fruit isn't as significant as you would think.
However, according to Penn State University, a human DNA sequence, if it were a half an inch of a twine, would stretch from New York to the the west coast of California. That makes that 50% seem all the more distant when you think of the whole number/complexity that the percent refers to.
Other DNA facts you don't need to know:- A parent and child share 99.5% of the same DNA.
- We share 40-50% of our DNA with cabbages.
- Humans share 98% of their DNA with chimpanzees.
- Every human on earth shares 99% of their DNA with every other human.
- Identical twins share the exact same DNA - meaning their DNA is 100% identical.
- We share 60% of our DNA with a fruit fly.
- Researchers at Cambridge University are convinced that the mud worms not only share DNA with humans but that they are also our closest invertabrae relatives.
For factual information about DNA see also:
Facts about genomes (DNA) sequencing
A plain english intro to DNA, genes and RNA
Genome facts from Cracking the Code of Life on Nova
Putting DNA to work
What genomes are made of from the Genome News Network
For DNA information and sites targeted to kids see also:
The Discovery DNA Explorers Kit as featured in Popular Science Magazine
Zoom into the DNA of the human hand
The basics and beyond of human genetics and DNA
For sites featuring information about DNA research see also:
How DNA could begin saving whales
DNA and mitochondrial diseases from Columbia
Information about ancient gene research aka Molecular Archaeology
Research at the Human Genome Project
Information on DNA research from the Human Genome Research Institute
Human Genome Research from the NCBI