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Publication of the chimp genome has highlighted the confusion surrounding our relationship to the great apes. And is reliable lie detection now possible?

By Philip Ball   October 2005

How close are we to the chimps? Clint is dead, but his genome lives on. DNA donors for animal genome projects aren’t usually given names, but Clint was an exception. He was a chimpanzee, and the publication of his genome at the beginning of September has highlighted the confusion that exists about our relationship with—and responsibilities towards—chimps and other great apes.

One viewpoint holds that experiments on chimps are vital for the development of urgently needed new drugs. Chimpanzees are the only animals that can be successfully infected with the Aids virus and with hepatitis B and C, and they…

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