As part of a study of specific language impairment, a developmental disorder, researchers found a candidate gene for reading disability. In the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Mabel Rice from the University of Kansas and her colleagues report on a genetic linkage study of 322 people, 86 probands, 134 siblings, and 102 parents or other relatives. "In particular, KIAA0319 appears to play a role in the shared variance in speech, language, and reading phenotypes," the researchers write.

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