Mouse complex

Letter to New Scientist:

Sir,

To cite the fact that humans and mice have roughly the same number of genes as evidence that "the number of genes does not correlate with an organism's complexity" [The Word, 19-Nov-05] is to cast a terrible slur on our rodent cousins. We might be more intelligent than mice, but why should intelligence be the prime measure of complexity? There are dozens of species of mouse, which have evolved all manner of complex lifestyles. By comparison, our single-species human monoculture seems decidedly primitive.

Richard Carter

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By Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

2 comments

  1. I was driving to work today listening to 'Doc at the Radar Station' & I could see you in that Aussie hat!...'she always shows up when I'm up, but she never shows up when I'm down'.......how true!

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