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How Learning to Talk is in the Genes

17 September 2014

Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy

Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol worked with colleagues around the world to discover a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken by children in the early stages of language development.

The results, published in Nature Communications today [16 Sept], shed further light on a specific genetic region on chromosome 3, which has been previously implicated in dyslexia and speech-related disorders.
 
The full University of Bristol press release can be found at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2014/september/vocabulary-gene.html
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