Re: SCI:BIO: raw genome length not a good measure of organism

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Tue, 14 Jan 1997 11:17:42 -0600

> 99% of that is shared with chimps. The delta for the new code would fit on a
> floppy.

Well, I was talking theoretical upper limits - and who says
understanding chimps isn't a prerequisite to understanding humans? I
certainly don't - but your point is still interesting. Can you tell me
where to find a documented comparision of human and chimpanzee genome?
It seems to me that this assertion requires comparing the whole
sequence, or at least quite a bit of it.

And anyway, 1% of 750M is 7.5M, which does not fit uncompressed twice
over on a normal floppy. A Zip disk, maybe.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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