It's not exactly clear to me what is meant when people say that humans and bananas share 50% of their DNA.

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    $\begingroup$ There is a good question in here I think. Currently it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking. Could you provide a citation for the 50%? $\endgroup$ – James Mar 2 '16 at 4:41
  • $\begingroup$ My source is MythBusters: facebook.com/MythBusters/posts/10150466971768224 $\endgroup$ – Aidan Rocke Mar 2 '16 at 14:46
  • $\begingroup$ That is atrociously irresponsible science journalism. The link they provide just takes you to some flashcards. I have no idea how they came up with that number. To get an idea of how people attempt to quantify homologous genomic material, checkout this article. $\endgroup$ – James Mar 4 '16 at 6:25

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