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  • n. regulatory gene and RNA gene responsible for the development of throat structures; in humans, those related to speech.


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  • And the modern version of a gene called FOXP2, which is important for speech and language, didn't appear until perhaps 100,000 years ago.

    Signing, Singing, Speaking: How Language Evolved

  • According to a recent study published in the journal Nature, scientists have discovered that a gene called FOXP2, which is believed to be responsible for the evolution of speech in humans, behaves differently in humans than it does in chimpanzees, our closest living relatives.

    If chimpanzees could talk, what would they say?

  • Neanderthals share a version of a gene called FOXP2, which is associated with language ability and means that Neanderthals probably spoke their own languages.


  • In February 2009, Pääbo presented preliminary results of the Neanderthal genome based on fossils from Croatia.30 Incredibly, analysis of a much-studied speech gene called FOXP2 showed that the Neanderthal version was identical to the human gene.

    The $1,000 Genome

  • This has already shown that a gene called FOXP2, which also ensures the brain's asymmetrical layout, seems to be important for language.

    Informed Reader

  • In another example, much interest has recently surrounded the gene called FOXP2 because of its potential role in the development of language.

    The Language of God

  • People with mutations in a gene called FOXP2 have several kinds of speech defects, and researchers have found songbirds cannot sing when their version of the gene is disrupted.

    NYT > Home Page

  • One, in a gene called FOXP2, may have facilitated language.

    Blogger News Network

  • In 2001, a gene called FOXP2 was found to underlie a rare inherited speech and language disorder.

    Later On

  • It encodes a transcription factor called FOXP2, a protein 'dimmer-switch' that binds to DNA and helps to determine to what extent other genes are expressed as proteins.

    Later On


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