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ng, just at the time when song changes in both finches and canaries" Scharff explains.

Based on these findings the scientist now hope to extend their studies to elucidate the role this gene plays in shaping the architecture and function of brain circuits that control song learning and song production. "The discovery of FoxP2 in birds is only the beginning, there is no direct evidence yet that the gene is necessary for song learning or singing," cautions Scharff. Experiments to interfere with the expression of the gene using molecular tools to see whether it is really necessary for song learning are therefore top priority for the lab.


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Contact: Dr. Constance Scharff
scharff@molgen.mpg.de
49-308-413-1214
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
31-Mar-2004


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