‘Hippy’ chimp genome explains our gentle traits

The sequencing and analysis of the bonobo genome provides insight on human peace-loving genetic traits.

Bonobos, which together with chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans, are known for their peaceful, playful and sexual behaviour that contrasts with the more aggressive behaviour of chimpanzees.

The comparison of the genome sequences of bonobos, chimpanzees and humans shows that humans differ by approximately 1.3% from both bonobos and chimpanzees.

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