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Media: Re Linguist 12.2096: Lang Gene References

Submitter: jkingston

Submitter Email: jkingston@linguist.umass.edu
Media Body: Here's the article on the language gene research that the BBC story
mentioned in a post yesterday (Linguist 13.2096) referred to:

Enard, W. e t al. Molecular evolution of FOXP2, a gene involved in
speech and language, Nature advance online publication, 14 Augus
2002, (doi:10.1038/nature01025) Letters to Nature.

There are two other articles, Lai, et al., Nature 413, 519-523, 4
October 2001, and Vargha-Khadem, et al. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, USA 92,
930-933, 1995 that are also informative.

John Kingston
Linguistics Departmen
University of Massachusetts

Issue Number: 13.2112
Date Posted: August 16, 2002

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