List of chromosomes » Chromosome 7
Chromosome 7 Chromosome 7
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64.7
47.8
15.8
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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a bitter taste

TAS2R4/TAS2R38: These genes code for proteins involved in the perception of bitter compounds in the lungs.

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.

energy maker

CYC S: This gene encodes a cytochrome, a protein which is involved in producing energy in our cells.

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