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Songbird genome may shed light on speech disorders

from Reuters Health via Medscape

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a songbird for the first time, identifying more than 800 genes linked to song learning in a finding that may shed light on human speech disorders. Baby zebra finches learn to sing in virtually the same way as human babies learn to speak — by copying their elders — which means the tiny bird should serve as a valuable model for understanding human learning and memory. more


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