Do Chimps have 98% similar DNA to humans?

You’ve seen it on a sign at just about every zoo exhibit “chimps share 98% of their DNA with humans”.   This info has been refuted for many years, and has just recently been shown to be way off the mark.  In fact the best science today is showing the genomes of Chimps and Humans to be more like 70% similar.

To get an idea, there is approximately 0.012% race accounted DNA difference between an African American and a Caucasian American and approximately 0.12% difference between you and me.  (makes race seem like a pretty insane point doesn’t it… perhaps why the colour of skin is never mentioned in the bible as a distinguishing feature – definitely not how we use it today anyway).

Anyway… without further ado… here is a video from a PhD working on DNA with a bunch of credentials longer than my arm basically saying what I said in Scientific jargon.  Very interesting.