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Birdsongs Can Shed Light On Autism, Speech

Birdsongs Can Shed Light On Autism, Speech

Singing-related genes may provide clues on human disorders.

Birdsongs Can Shed Light On Autism, Speech

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 19:30

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  1. Zebra finch - A songbird with many genes that control how it hears and sings.
  2. Area X - A part of the the zebra finch's brain responsible for learning bird songs.
  3. FoxP2 - A protein found on the human chromosome; mutations of the gene creating this protein can cause speech and language problems.
  4. Reelin - A protein that is important to early brain development as well as the functioning of the adult brain.

 

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A bird's song may teach us about human speech disorders

Stephanie A. White Laboratory

UCLA Brain Research Institute

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