Thursday, March 22, 2007

No brain but one gene article

The brain research into stuttering seems to have gone dead. Still no new articles... However, there is at least one article on genetics in the Journal of Fluency Disorders: Genetic studies of stuttering in a founder population. Unfortunately, there are no conclusive results. This might also explain why the authors published it in JFD instead of a higher-ranked genetics/science journal. A genetics insider pointed out to me that 1) this family looks a bit suspicious as their visual appearance shows anormal traits which could suggest other issues which in turn might influence the occurence of stuttering or stuttering-like symptoms, and 2) the family is highly inbred which creates all sorts of methodological issues that are tricky to deal with.

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