You just might be surprised at what scientists have discovered about chickens. Studies show chickens are 60% human, how long you have to wait to eat eggs after giving them antibiotics, how smart chickens really are and more. Scroll down to check out these scientific study results!
Study shows chickens are 60% human
Chickens originated from the Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) and were the first bird ever to have their genomes analyzed. Chickens share more than half of the same genes as humans. (about 60%) which may just explain why they are so smart but also puts them in the path to be used in laboratory studies like the international research consortium which also determined that birds vary quite a bit from mammals. Chickens have been used for generations and are still routinely used in scientific studies because of the genome similarities to study biomedical research, determine vaccine developments, study embryo development, and to develop new strategies for human health. "BETHESDA, Md., Wed., Dec. 8, 2004 - An international research consortium has found that chickens and humans share more than half of their genes, but that their DNA sequences diverge in ways that may explain some of the important differences between birds and mammals. The consortium's analysis is published in the Dec. 9 issue of the journal Nature." (genome.gov, 1).
- 2004 Release: Researchers Compare Chicken, Human Genomes. (2018). National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Retrieved 22 March 2018, from https://www.genome.gov/12514316/
- @marisfessenden, F. (2015). Researchers Create Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur-Like Faces . Smithsonian. Retrieved 22 March 2018, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicken-embryos-get-dino-snouts-thanks-biological-tinkering-180955250/