Re: Man's best friend shares most genes with humans

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Fri Dec 09 2005 - 02:37:28 EST


If you have genes in common with dogs you may be dog-like. That is you might
be friendly affectionate loyal etc. Maybe that is what Janice is afraid of!

Our previous dog often looked at us with the same expression as Princess
Diana, so we always said there was a genetic similarity and relationship!

Why get worried if we share behaviour or genes with animals? We do and that
is the end of it. All it does is to prove Darwin right, but I have known
that for years!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pim van Meurs" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: Man's best friend shares most genes with humans

> Although I may run the risk of falling for another one of Janice's
> practical jokes, I'd like to comment on these poorly argued cases.
> For instance "*Chimp genome sequence very different from man " *Rather
> than the two genomes being 98.5% similar, the data suggest 95--96%
> similar. That's hardly 'very different from man'.
> I found most of the Freerepublic 'articles' addressing evolution to be
> suffering from serious lack of scientific relevance.
> Now the Dog genome
> The dog research also helps reveal the evolutionary pedigree of human
> genes.
> Humans and hounds branched off about 95 million years ago, yet nearly all
> of the estimated 19,300 dog genes correspond to similar genes in humans.
> But dog cells break their DNA into 78 chromosomes, compared with 46 in
> human cells.
> As scientists compare the gene maps of the two species, they're beginning
> to wonder if humans really have 23,000 or more genes, as once thought, or
> if some genes really are just "junk DNA" that don't actually have any
> function.
> Moreover, in comparing human, dog and mouse gene maps, researchers found
> that about 5 percent of the genes in all three species have gone virtually
> unchanged over the past 100 million years, and that preserved DNA is
> clustered in genes that regulate proteins involved in development.
> More at
> So perhaps I should have gone with my first hunch, namely that this is
> just another practical joke?
> Janice Matchett wrote:
>> Item of interest. ~ Janice :)
>> *Man's best friend shares most genes with humans
>> *The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Carl T. Hall
>> *Click to see picture: *
>> Also see:
>> *Chimp genome sequence very different from man
>> *
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