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The "Language Gene" Turns Ten

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerOct 18, 2011 12:18 AM

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Ten years ago this month, a team of University of Oxford scientists published a description of a family who struggled with words. By comparing their DNA, the scientists zeroed in for the first time on a gene associated with language, dubbed FOXP2. In my newest column in Discover, I look back at what scientists have learned over the past decade about how FOXP2 works, and what it tells us--or leaves us wondering--about how language evolved. Check it out.

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