Molecular genetics of speech and language disorders.
In 2001, scientists characterized the first gene to be implicated in the cause of a speech and language disorder (FOXP2). Although FOXP2 was discovered using a unique family in which a severe speech and language disorder segregates in a monogenic fashion, at the time this discovery was heralded as "a milestone in understanding this uniquely human characteristic." Approximately 1 year later, we discuss the impact of this gene discovery on the study of language and review the relevance of this ...Expand abstract
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