Study finds key genetic differences in human and chimpanzee brains

02/2/2012 | ScienceMag.org

Although human and chimpanzee genetic makeup is 98.8% the same, recent research found that human brains develop more slowly but activate 12 times more genes in the prefrontal cortex than chimpanzees. The findings may help shed light on autism, a disorder that may be caused in part by abnormally rapid brain development.

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