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Bananas: your cousin, maybe?

You have a lot more in common with an orangutan, but scientists can still track how closely you’re related to fruit flies and cucumbers.
DNA comparison chart

Datascope.

Sara Chodosh

A’s, T’s, G’s, and C’s are all it takes to make you, me, or a banana. Unique strings of these molecules,, which serve as the recipes for all living things. Because the challenges of life—such as absorbing nutrients, replicating, and moving—are fairly consistent across organisms, there’s plenty of overlap between sequences. Here’s a sampling.

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