Human Genome Mostly Overlaps With Neanderthals, Other Human Ancestors

  • Just 1.5% to 7% of the human genome is unique to our species, a new study suggests.
  • Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors share most of the same genes found in modern humans. 
  • Genes unique to humans are involved in brain development, which may be what sets our species apart. 

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Humans like to think they’re special, but our genes suggest that’s far from the case.

No more than 7% of the human…

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