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By @garden_bella

How can humans share 99.9 percent of our DNA with each other and yet be so drastically different?

We can enjoy the same hobbies, but there are still different versions of it. For example, two people can enjoy creating art, but one person prefers painting as opposed to their counterpart, who enjoys sculpting.

Even if they enjoy the same versions of the same hobby, they can still enjoy different aspects of it. For example, if two people enjoy reading, one person may like nonfiction as opposed to their counterpart, who enjoys suspenseful thrillers.

Even if they enjoy the same aspects of the same versions of the same hobby, they can still enjoy different parts of it. For example, if two people enjoy the young adult genre, one might enjoy a nerd-to-hot transformation trope as opposed to their counterpart, who enjoys the bad boy trope.

We all seem to be so, so different. And yet, it seems as though those personality contrasts make up only one percent of the differences between us. It must show how complex beings we are beyond just our brains, but molecularly as well.

Inside each of us are muscle, fat, sinews pulling us together and stretching across our entire body.

Inside each of us are cells, nuclei, ribosomes, all coming together to produce who we are with DNA reigning supreme.

Ay, there’s the rub! All of our DNA is different, and yet they all perform the same jobs and do the same activities: replicating itself, governing each cell, splitting itself apart to pass itself on to the next generation.

I suppose it’s what’s inside the DNA that is different. Each of us have different amino acid sequences, different nucleotide arrangements that twist and turn into double helixes that aren’t all quite the same. One person may have a gene that codes for blue eyes, and the other may have a gene that codes for brown eyes. One person may have the darkest umber skin known to man, and the other may have skin that can be equated to pure porcelein. One person can be born with a crooked, bumped nose, and the other may have the tiniest button nose that can barely be scene on their face.

One person may have the evilest personality in the entire world, and the other may be the kindest saint in history.

So, how can we share 99.9 percent of our DNA when two people who live on the same street can look so drastically different?

I suppose science can easily answer this question in a lab report and give it to me by tomorrow. And yet all those scientific terms don’t come together in my head to put together an answer, to join together a paint the answer’s image in front of my eyes.

With our different appearances and different personalities, it is hard to put the puzzle together.

And yet, we are still all connected by the same DNA, with only a one percent difference to allow ourselves become an individual in our world today. Maybe being so similar makes being different all the more unique.

I suppose that answer is sufficient.

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