In the News (Business Insider): “Our DNA is 99.9% the same as the person next to us — and we’re surprisingly similar to a lot of other living things
“Our bodies have 3 billion genetic building blocks, or base pairs, that make us who we are.
“And of those 3 billion base pairs, only a tiny amount are unique to us, making us about 99.9% genetically similar to the next human.
“… large chunks of our genome perform similar functions across the animal kingdom.
“Take a look at how genetically similar we are to everything around us:
“A 2007 study found that about 90% of the genes in the Abyssinian domestic cat are similar to humans. …
“And while the egg-laying and feathered body are pretty different from a human’s, about 60% of chicken genes have a human gene counterpart.
“Even bananas surprisingly still share about 60% of the same DNA as humans!”
Question: How can it be that a man, in principle, includes all levels of nature?
Answer: As the most perfect egoistic creature, man includes all lower levels. Indeed, it seems that his genome is the most complicated. But it is not about what we explore in the genome. It gives us nothing. We still come to the conclusion that we cannot deduce anything from this. We cannot even treat a person.
We will still have to go into another field of research when we ourselves, like Alice in Wonderland, have to build a completely different system: integral, global, interconnected, and based on total bestowing and dependence on each other.
When we rebuild ourselves in this way, and we can do it, then we will enter into the system of nature and will be able to explore it directly, but not through our egoistic filter. We will pass through this mirror, through this egoistic filter, and will enter the area where we will see nature as it is. That is when we will have a breakthrough, and overcome the crisis in science.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Human Genome” 7/17/11