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Chromosome 7 Chromosome 7
67.4
80.7
73.6
64.7
47.8
67.4
89
80.7
80.4
73.6
64.7
63
57.9
47.8
19.4
15.8
A gene to say it

A gene to say it

Humans are the only animals that can make sentences – with words, and using grammar and syntax. And it is precisely for this reason that scientists have been looking for THE language gene, which is responsible for giving humans what other animals do not have, in other words speech.

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turn it down

SLC26A4: This gene is associated with congenital deafness.

colour blindness

OPN1SW: This gene is involved in recognising the colour blue. When it is defective, it is associated with ‘blue colour blindness’.

cystic fibrosis

CFTR: This gene is associated with cystic fibrosis.

pump up the volume

SLC26A5: This gene codes for the prestin protein which is involved in hearing. It is a fast-working protein, hence its name.

on fertility

ZP3: This gene codes for a protein found on the egg’s surface, which is recognised by the sperm.

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