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Almost Chimpanzee: Searching for What Makes Us Human, in Rainforests, Labs, Sanctuaries, and Zoos

Jon Cohen.
Publisher Times Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780805083071
Pages/Publication Date 369/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21676
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In 2005 researchers sequenced the chimpanzee genome and provided a startling new window into the differences between humans and our closest primate cousins. For the past several years, Science reporter Jon Cohen has been following the DNA hunt, as well as eye-opening new studies in ape communication, human evolution, cognition, disease, diet, and more. Here Cohen invites us on a captivating scientific journey, taking us behind the scenes at cutting-edge genetics labs, rainforests in Uganda, sanctuaries in Iowa, experimental enclaves in Japan, and even the Detroit Zoo. Along the way he ferries fresh chimp sperm for a time-sensitive analysis, is greeted by chimp feces, and investigates an audacious attempt to breed a humanzee. Cohen also challenges many widespread myths, including the claim that humans and chimps differ by a mere one percent, and offers an often humorous insider's tour of the latest research, which promises to lead to everything from insights about the unique ways in which our bodies work to shedding light on such human-only problems as infertility and speech disorders.

"How human are chimpanzees? Jon Cohen, in his well-written and carefully argued report, provides an up-to-date examination of the question. The bottom line is that we are far from understanding chimp/human relationships, but Almost Chimpanzee is a fascinating look at how investigators are probing the unknowns and searching for definitive answers."óDavid Baltimore

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