National Geographic : 1992 Mar
ailment, but AIDS or hepatitis research helps large numbers of people and does not cause death or disease for the chimp." The apes' dilemma has been to look and act enough like humans to be useful in medi cine, in scientific research, in the movies. We anthropomorphize them as personalities, yet we have difficulty accepting that they occupy their own world and live by their own rules. The great apes have endured and adapted to the same climatic changes A Curious Kinship:Apes and Humans that forged humans. Though they have gone their own way, apes share with us the affinities and bonds that come from a common ancestor. For our sake and theirs, we have to acknowledge that they didn't fail to become human; they succeeded in becoming modern apes.  NationalGeographicEXPLORER will air "Secret World of the Chimpanzee" and otherfilms on the great apes in a special show broadcast on Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET on cable network TBS.