Songbird genome may shed light on speech disorders

Posted: April 5, 2010 at 5:17 am

Story Summary: Songbird genome may shed light on speech disorders(Reuters) – 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. Song learning is an excellent paradigm for all types of learning, said Chris Ponting, a professor with the Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit at University of Oxford, who was involved in the research. It gives the zebra finch genome a unique relevance to human neuroscience, a team of international scientists led by Wes Warren of Washington Universitys Genome Center reported in the journal Nature Wednesday. Significantly, many of the genes activated by bird song do not act like genes in the usual way as code for making proteins. They may have two birds in the bag, but scientists still want to learn more about these feathered descendants of the dinosaurs. Next up is the parrot genome, which researchers hope to complete by the end of this year. (Editing by Hereward Holland)I suppose the gubbermint will want to use the study to help people with speech problems!Who will us conservativie types make fun of then?DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors posted a 43 percent jump in U. S. sales for March from a year earlier in its continuing brands, the first of expected sharp gains by automakers driven by incentives and better weather. Apple doesnt want you to know whats inside its new gadget, but two guys armed with heat guns and suction cups have other ideas. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbookwhich requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests….Read the Full Story

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