Singing-related genes may provide clues on human disorders.
Aug 9 2012 - 3:30pm
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- A bird's song may teach us about human speech disorders
- Stephanie A. White Laboratory
- UCLA Brian Research Institute
Inside Science Buzzwords:
- Zebra finch - A songbird with many genes that control how it hears and sings.
- Area X - A part of the the zebra finch's brain responsible for learning bird songs.
- FoxP2 - A protein found on the human chromosome; mutations of the gene creating this protein can cause speech and language problems.
- Reelin - A protein that is important to early brain development as well as the functioning of the adult brain.