When researchers decoded the chimpanzee genome in 2005, they explained that we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees… but what does that specifically mean? This episode of MinuteEarth illustrates how that one percent of difference (1.33% to be exact) is full of complexity when you look into the details.

Good to know: We also share a similar percentage of DNA with bonobos, and differ only 1.6% on average from gorillas.

For more info in video form, watch the BBC Knowledge Explainer on DNA. Follow that up with How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics.

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