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Why Are Chimps And Humans Genetically Different?
2012-08-24 09:45:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much has been made of the fact that ninety-six percent of a chimpanzee's genome is the same as a human's. However, it is that other four percent, and the vast differences, that pique the interest of Georgia Tech's Soojin Yi. For example, why do humans have a high risk of cancer while chimps rarely develop the disease? In a new study published in September's American Journal of Human Genetics, Yi looked at brain samples from each...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'