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Genes that influence handedness alter brain architecture

For at least 10,000 years, approximately 90% of humans have preferred using the right hand over the left. The question of why about one in ten people are left-handed has fascinated scientists for centuries, but no clear answer has yet emerged. We already knew that genetic... click to read more

  • Akira Wiberg | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Gwenaëlle Douaud | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Dominic Furniss | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 10, 2020
Overturning the hypothesis for how humans evolved language

Few traits are as uniquely human as complex spoken language. Language, therefore, has interested evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists seeking to understand what makes us, and in particular our brains, distinct from other animals. The first major genetic break in deciphering the underlying biological architecture of... click to read more

  • Elizabeth Atkinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2019
The Arctic’s singing whales

The bowhead whale is above all, a whale of superlatives. It is the only large whale to live year-round in the Arctic, its "bowed head" allows it to push up through half a meter of ice, it can live up to 200 years and it... click to read more

  • Kate Stafford | Principal Oceanographer at Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Washington, USA
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Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 13, 2018