5 Interesting Facts About DNA

The very fact that we have a nucleic acid containing the genetic instructions for the development and function of living things is mesmerizing enough. On top of that, over the year’s scientists have discovered some unique and interesting facts about DNA. Here are 5 of them:

1.    You share 41% of your DNA with a banana.

Human DNA is 94% to 98% identical to the DNA of chimpanzees which is quite expected but it is truly shocking that human DNA is 50% identical to the DNA of bananas. Moreover, we also share 85% DNA with a mouse and 40% with a fruit fly.

2. All humans are 99.9% alike.

Humans share 99.9% DNA with each other, making us more alike than we think. Out of 3 billion base combinations, it really is the 0.1% that makes us unique and different.

3. 1 gram of DNA can potentially hold 455 exabytes of data.