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When is 99.2% not conclusive?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by sparkleghirl, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    No, not a referendum or a brexit thread (though perhaps we should reassess the significance of 52/48 in the light of this)

    A man disappears. A badly burned body is found, DNA tested and found to have a 99.2% probability of being that of the disappeared. The family buries the body and gets on with life.

    Two months later the dead man, or 0.8% of him, walks through the door.

    https://news.sky.com/story/back-fro...wo-months-after-burial-in-kazakhstan-11546089
     
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Don't we share 96% of our DNA with apes?
    (Mind you, could it just be a case of suboptimal DNA testing in Kazakhstan?)
     
  3. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Star commenter

    Isn't it something like 35, percent daffodil, 50 banana, 95 ape and 99 with everybody else. So perhaps 99.2 isn't high enough?
    Or is there a mysterious twin?
     
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  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    According to 23andme even my daughter only shares 50% of my DNA. On 23 segments. Does this mean I gave birth to a banana? I loathe bananas!
     
  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    According to the American Museum of Natural History, humans and chimpanzees share 98.8% of their DNA. Some 75% of our genetic make-up is the same as a pumpkin - 57% the same as a cabbage.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
  6. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    A stroll through the streets around here confirms most of that.
     
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  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Your DNA and that of your ex-husband are not two totally different substances. Your DNA matches that of any other human being to more than 90% I think so your daughter should have, maybe, half the difference not half the DNA.
     
  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Well, judging by some of the 'students' I have taught in the past.....
     
  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Apologies to Colpee who beat me to that last gag!
     
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