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November 12, 2009

NYT: Single Gene Mutation Allows Humans to Talk and Not Animals


In the Nov 11, 2009 New York Times Science section, a story has been published titled "Speech Gene Shows Its Bossy Nature" where a single gene known as FOXP2 has been found to be responsible for speech (or lack thereof). All animals have an FOXP2 gene, but the human version’s product differs at just 2 of its 740 units from that of chimpanzees, suggesting that this tiny evolutionary fix may hold the key to why people can speak and chimps cannot.

Read more of the story here.

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