In order to further study stuttering in humans, scientists put the Gnptab mutated gene in mice. This gene is linked to stuttering in humans. Once they were able to identify stuttering in mice that were given the gene, scientists determined that mice had less vocalizations and longer gaps between their version of speaking (squeaking?) when compared to mice that weren’t given the mutated stuttering gene. Not surprisingly, humans with stuttering problems also have less vocalizations.





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‘Stuttering’ mice shed light on human speech impediment

About 70 million people worldwide stutter when they speak, and it turns out humans aren’t the only ones susceptible to verbal hiccups. Scientists at this year’s Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago, Illinois, show that mice, too, can stumble …

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