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Name: Adrianna
Status: Other
Age: 30s
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Date: April 2002


Question:
Talking about evolution in class, one of my very religious students said that DNA proved nothing of our ancestral relationship to monkeys, because 80% of the DNA of a banana is shared with humans.



Replies:
Religious groups are desperately trying to counter the massive information now available that supports clearly the evolutionary relationship of all plants and animals. The primate relationships is solid science; any questions about it must have scientific (not religious) backing to support the claim. There are absolutely none!

As far as 80% of a banana's genome matches human genome-->Absolutely not true!

However, banana DNA is DNA just like all organisms. Looking at this relationship, then the percent is 100. All the parts that make up a banana are found rearranged in humans, that is why we eat them!!

Steve Sample



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