Beyond the Chimpanzee Genome: The Threat of Extinction

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Science  02 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5740, pp. 1498-1499
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111421

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In his Perspective, Hauser comments that to fully profit from the information encoded in the chimpanzee genome, we will need an equally rich depiction of chimpanzee behavior, thought, and neural function. Given the explosion of recent findings from the behavioral and cognitive sciences, a synthesis is on the horizon. Only our own casual use of the environment, which threatens the future of chimpanzees, can stand in the way of witnessing this synthesis.