| Definition -
(Aka Forkhead box protein P2 | the language gene)
A protein that causes a severe speech disorder when it mutates in humans.
1. Because cases of developmental verbal dyspraxia in humans have been linked to mutations in the FOXP2 gene, it has been dubbed "the language gene."
2. A 2002 paper speculated that a mutation of the FOXP2 gene resulted in the improved articulatory control necessary for the evolution of language in humans. To read the paper, click here.