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Human Genome help

  1. Feb 10, 2004 #1
    I am having trouble figuring out this question:

    Assuming a non-overlapping mutation rate of 5000 mut/day. How long in years would it take for the human genome to diverge 1% (the genetic difference between humans and chimpanzees) from its current state?

    If there are 3 x 10^9 pair in the human genome and 1% of this is 3 x 10^7 how do I figure out the amount of time to reach the 1%? I am stuck! I keep getting 16 years, I know that the number should be closer to 10 million years. Any starter tips or clues?
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  3. Feb 10, 2004 #2


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    You have to put in generation time :) how many times can a human reproduce in 16 years? And how did you get 5000 mut/day????
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