JesusJournal.com , 6/2/2003:Detroit, MI - Believing it’s only molecular evidence that makes the difference, Dr. Morris Goodman of Wayne State University wants to make chimpanzees equal with humans by adding them to the genus Homo.
A genus is a group of closely related species. Homo sapiens, the human species, has been the only species in the Homo genus up until now.
Dr. Goodman believes chimpanzees should be on the same level as people because they share 99.4% of the same DNA as humans. DNA is the genetic code that differentiates species. He said, “The molecular evidence, such as that gathered in my laboratory on the B-globin gene cluster of all groups of primates, shows that humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas are the sole living members of a close knit genealogical group and that within this group chimpanzees and humans are most closely related with more than 98.3% identity in typical nuclear noncoding DNA sequences and more than 99.5% identity in the active coding sequences of functional genes.”
“We human beings appear as only slightly remodeled chimpanzee-like apes,” Goodman told the Associated Press.