I'd like to know the name of a gene with the following description of effects:

  • Humans having two copies of this gene with a certain mutation aren't able to acquire human language, but otherwise their intelligence is not depressed
  • The human version of the gene differs significantly from the one found in the great apes
  • The human version of the gene was transferred to mice, and it was reported that the "voice" and the communication of the so-manipulated mice differs from the one of "wild" mice
  • If I remember correctly, the gene has the letter "x" in it like hox or pox or pax but alas, memory can be faulty

What is the name of this gene?

Bonus question: What are relevant publications concerning the gene described?

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    $\begingroup$ FOXP2? Three scholarly hits and the appropriate wiki entry on first 4 hits on Google. Googling is not difficult, and should really be tried before posting a question here. There's so much information out there! Google is really your friend. :) $\endgroup$ Sep 26, 2017 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ @anongoodnurse You could make an answer out of your comment. It could be a 5 letters long answer :) $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Sep 26, 2017 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Remi.b - lol, really? I'll take you up on that one. Ah, the minimum has beaten me. $\endgroup$ Sep 26, 2017 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yep. The size does not matter :) See this query listing the shortest (typically two letters) accepted answers. $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Sep 26, 2017 at 18:32

1 Answer 1


FOXP2, aka Forkhead box protein P2.


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