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Okay, I lied. There is no such thing as "the language gene." Language is the cumulative corollary of a multitude of genes.A gene known as FoxP2, however, plays a very important role in the development of language. Mutations in this gene are associated with a condition known as developmental verbal dysparxia (DVD), a condition which causes deficits in both the expressive and receptive aspects of language. DVD patients have structural and functional abnormalities in the striatum of the b........ Read more »
Sebastian Haesler, Christelle Rochefort, Benjamin Georgi, Pawel Licznerski, Pavel Osten, & Constance Scharff. (2007) Incomplete and Inaccurate Vocal Imitation after Knockdown of FoxP2 in Songbird Basal Ganglia Nucleus Area X. PLoS Biology, 5(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050321
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