A difference in one molecule led physician Ajit Varki to question what sets humans apart from other apes. Bruce Lieberman meets a man who sees a big picture in the finer points.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution
Subscribe to this journal
Receive 51 print issues and online access
$199.00 per year
only $3.90 per issue
Rent or buy this article
Prices vary by article type
Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout
Muchmore, E. A. et al. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 107, 187–198 (1998).
Chou, H.-H. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 95, 11751–11756 (1998).
Martin, M. J. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 102, 12819–12824 (2005).
Hedlund, M. et al. Mol. Cell. Biol. 27, 4340–4346 (2007).
Tangvoranuntakul, P. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 100, 12045–12050 (2003).
Bruce Lieberman is a freelance science writer based in San Diego.
About this article
Cite this article
Lieberman, B. Human evolution: Details of being human. Nature 454, 21–23 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/454021a
This article is cited by
Glycoconjugate Journal (2009)