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20 May 2016

Do you stutter?

The mystery of why some humans are prone to stutter may be solved by... mice. A mutation in a gene called Gnptab is known to be present in some people who stutter. By tinkering with the genetic makeup of laboratory mice, scientists can induce them to produce halting and repetitive vocal patterns akin to human stuttering. Based on their findings involving these tiny test subjects, the researchers hope to answer the age-old question of why humans stutter and develop ways to treat the condition.

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