Errors of distribution

The apparent near identity of the genome of chimpanzees and man—98.5% of the DNA sequences are the same—is puzzling. But the distribution of differences—and their expression in proteins—is what makes distant similarity of apparent near identity. The differences (1.44%) are distributed in a way that easily explains the differences in the outcome, as Japanese research confirms bq. “These differences are sufficient to generate changes in most of the proteins: indeed, 83 percent of the 231 coding sequences, including functionally important genes, show differences at the amino-acid sequence level,” they added. (“Reuters”:http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=R40UOPO2ORK5GCRBAEOCFEY?type=scienceNews&storyID=5264726&pageNumber=1) The error of distribution is a pretty powerful error. Imagine two pieces of music that—considered one bar at at time—share ninety-eight percent of the same notes. Think how different the two pieces could be. Mozart and Shostakovich.

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