Hey, Houston area skeptics, don’t forget that tonight is the first installment of Houston Skeptics in the Pub for 2010. We’ll be meeting at Ernie’s Pub in the museum district at about 6:30-7:00pm. Game on!Â SoÂ brave the rain, because we’re gonnaÂ skepticÂ that pub harder than we ever have.Â People willÂ have toÂ roll up their britchesÂ to wade throughÂ all of ourÂ skeptic juiceÂ . . . Â just like in the old days. Be there!!
Okay, so according to a new study, the speech impediment we refer to as “stuttering” may actuallyÂ have a basis in ourÂ genetic make-up.
The study, which appears in the most recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found three gene variants on chromosome 12 in Pakistani populations that appear to correspond with stuttering, as they appeared in afflicted individuals but not in others.
The same gene was later found in people of European ancestry who stuttered.
Interestingly, according to the findings, not everyoneÂ who possesses the “stuttering gene” stutters. And the vast majority of those people are women, which suggests women may be better at overcoming the anomaly.
But the study has positive implications for helping all sufferers overcome their stuttering.Â
Thoughts? Have you suffered from a speech impediment yourself, or know anyone who has? How did you/they overcome it?
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