Date: April 2002
Talking about evolution in class, one of my very
religious students said that DNA proved nothing of our ancestral
relationship to monkeys, because 80% of the DNA of a banana is shared
Religious groups are desperately trying to counter the massive information
now available that supports clearly the evolutionary relationship of all
plants and animals. The primate relationships is solid science; any questions
about it must have scientific (not religious) backing to support the claim.
There are absolutely none!
As far as 80% of a banana's genome matches human genome-->Absolutely not true!
However, banana DNA is DNA just like all organisms. Looking at this
relationship, then the percent is 100. All the parts that make up a banana are found
rearranged in humans, that is why we eat them!!
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