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Genetics Unzipped: Face to face – the viruses that made us human

Posted by , on 7 April 2022

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In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, we’re looking at the monkey in the mirror, investigating how flipped genetic switches and long-dead viruses make all the difference between our human faces and those of our closest primate relatives.

“The bits in our genome that encode functional elements like proteins are pretty much identical to a chimp’s. But straight away you can see that a chimp’s face is very different from our own, even though it’s made using the same biological ingredients.”

Dr Kat Arney, presenter

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