Gene Discovery Linked to Speech and Language Disorders

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Gene System

Researchers have found a gene called CNTNAP2 that is linked to specific language impairment (SLI). Because the genetic region coincides with one associated with language delays in children with autism, the researchers said the findings could represent a crucial genetic link between the two disorders. Developmental speech and language disorders are highly heritable and this study yields new insights into the causes of such impairments, and eventually, researchers hope, improved diagnosis and treatment.

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