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Chromosome 7 Chromosome 7
73.6
64.7
63
47.8
19.4
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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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.

an Olympic medal?

EPO: This gene codes for EPO, a hormone that stimulates the production of red cells and can thus increase an athlete’s performance.

on fertility

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

a passage for water

AQP1: This gene codes for a protein – aquaporin – that acts as a channel for ferrying water molecules throughout our body.

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