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  1. #1 DNA of Chimpanzees, ours, and our family 
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    Chimpanzees share somewhere between 98.6 and 99 percent of our DNA. We share 50% of each of our parents DNA and more or less 50% with our siblings. Does it mean that we are genetically closer to chimpanzees than to our family? Or my interpreation of the info is wrong? Please enlighten me. I don't have an in depth knowledge about genetics. I just really need it for an argumentative essay about Creationism.


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    If it's the percentages then you might want to think about it a little longer. Maybe this helps: human DNA is human DNA. Otherwise you might need to clarify.


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    Are you writing for or against creationism? We get 50% of our chromosomes from each parent, not necessarily DNA. As Zin stated, human DNA is human DNA. You get 23 chromosomes from each parent, all of which contains human DNA. I hope I'm explaining this clearly enough.
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    What about Turtles,Terrapins?
    Is their DNA similar?

    When it comes to humans evolving from Apes, I like to think the concept is accurate.
    However, I do wonder if we have similar DNA but never the same as we were a species running in a linear fashion but then it comes back to the same important question, what were we before we were Humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah40 View Post
    Genesis in the Bible is where science and Religion intertwine.
    Not. Even. Close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hannah40 View Post
    What about Turtles,Terrapins?
    Is their DNA similar?

    When it comes to humans evolving from Apes, I like to think the concept is accurate.
    However, I do wonder if we have similar DNA but never the same as we were a species running in a linear fashion but then it comes back to the same important question, what were we before we were Humans.
    Genesis in the Bible is where science and Religion intertwine.
    Science uses precise language and terminology. This is to prevent misunderstandings. You might want to look into this. For instance, turtles and terrapins are just common names we have given to a particular order of reptiles....Testudines. (or chelonians) Since they are all in the same order, they all share a common ancestor, and share similar DNA.

    Similarly, apes and humans are both mammals in the order of Primates. We did not evolve from apes, but we did evolve from a common ancestor, and that is why were are in the same order and share similar DNA.
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