Are there genes that are "exclusively human"? asks Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology. The human genome has been compared to those of great apes in an attempt to see which genes are shared and which make people different from their primate cousins, Friedberg says. A group of researchers from China and Canada is trying to answer the question of whether there are any genes in the human genome that are de novo, and are not homologous to any in apes.

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