Interesting Fact # 1192 - Speech and Language

The gene FOXP2 is the first gene to be identified as being involved in the development of speech and language.

(The FOXP2 gene is required for proper brain and lung development, but it is implicated in the development of language skills too. Several cases of developmental verbal dyspraxia in humans have been linked to mutations in the FOXP2 gene. They just need to discover the gene linked to learning foreign languages now.)