Language Gene NPR's Joe Palca reports that scientists in England have come across a gene that may help humans talk. By collaborating with researchers in Germany, the scientists found key variations between the gene in humans and in chimpanzees - variations they say could determine the human ability to develop language. But other scientists are skeptical, saying it's unlikely this gene is solely responsible for such a major evolutionary change.
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NPR's Joe Palca reports that scientists in England have come across a gene that may help humans talk. By collaborating with researchers in Germany, the scientists found key variations between the gene in humans and in chimpanzees - variations they say could determine the human ability to develop language. But other scientists are skeptical, saying it's unlikely this gene is solely responsible for such a major evolutionary change.