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 NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In a new analysis, researchers were unable to find any evidence of recent, human-specific selection at FOXP2, a gene with ties to language.

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Svante Pääbo and his colleagues reported in 2002 that FOXP2 — particularly two missense substitutions — appeared to be under recent, positive selection in humans.

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