FOXP2
Definition - (Aka Forkhead box protein P2 | the language gene)

A protein that causes a severe speech disorder when it mutates in humans.

Notes:
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.



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