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Genes found only in humans influence brain size

By Tim Stephens
UC Santa Cruz, CA

June 5, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Graduate student Gary Mantalas works with cortical organoids grown from embryonic stem cells in Sofie Salama’s lab at UC Santa Cruz. Credit: C. Lagattuta)

New genes arose in human ancestors just before a dramatic increase in brain size and are involved in genetic defects associated with neurological disorders

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