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How different are human and chimpanzee brain stem cells?

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

by Felipe Mora-Bermúdez

We share between 94 - 99% of our DNA with our chimpanzee cousins, but how do our brains compare? In this video, Felipe Mora-Bermúdez explains what he has learned by studying brain stem cells from humans and chimps.

Read his full publication on this work in the journal eLife!

Felipe is a postdoc in the lab of Wieland Huttner at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.

Related resources

Watch a short video, data collected by Felipe, which shows human and chimp brain stem cells dividing.

DNA: Comparing humans and chimps (American Museum of Natural History)

Read more on brain stem cell divisions in a perspectives article by Felipe and Wieland Huttner.

• “Le Penseur” Sculpture by Auguste Rodin, photo by Andrew Horne/Wikipedia.

• Photo of Felipe by Leonie von Löwenthal.

• Video written, narrated, and drawn by Felipe Mora-Bermúdez. Edited and produced by Lisa Dennison.

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