Lining up genome sequences from different primates gives researchers a peek into the history of these species, when they split off from one another, and how the populations changed. "We were interested in trying to learn about the history of chimpanzees and bonobos, which are our closest living relatives that are not human," says David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School.

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