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First Language Gene Identified

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posted on Nov, 15 2002 @ 12:19 PM
First Language Gene Identified Wires
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001

British researchers have identified the first gene linked to language, a discovery they said has implications for gaining clearer insight into the learning and use of speech and for revealing which special property of the brain gives humans their unique ability to talk.

The finding, reported in the British journal Nature, lends scientific credence to a proposal made four decades ago that human language has genetic roots. The new study is based on a genetic analysis of a large British family with a speech and language disorder who first came to scientific attention in 1990 and of a more recently identified unrelated but similarly deficient individual.

[Edited on 15-11-2002 by ultra_phoenix]


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