Monday, September 07, 2009

Genes and language problems

Researchers from the universities of Kansas and Nebraska have found a gene associated with specific language impairment (SLI). The gene KIAA0319, which is found on chromosome 9 was associated with variations in language ability among children with SLI and their family members. The gene influenced the children's abilities in speech, vocabulary and grammar. 322 children took part in the study, none of whom had hearing problems, mental handicap or autism.

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