Songbird Genome Analysis Reveals New Insights – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Scientists at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Human Genome Research Institute have recently mapped the genome of a songbird, the zebra finch. Male zebra finches sing one complex song through their entire life and teach that song to their male offspring. [ZEBRA FINCH SONG] Dr. Story Landis, director of NINDS, explains why the zebra finch was chosen as a subject of study.
Landis: They have highly developed brain regions that control vocal learning. So they provide a really wonderful model system for understanding neural and behavioral mechanisms of speech in people.
Narrator: For details on this study, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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