Sunday, 17 April 2016

Stammering mice with SQUEAK IMPEDIMENT created by scientists studying affliction suffered by British monarch behind The King's Speech

 Wood MouseScientists have created stammering mice with a squeak impediment to help them study the affliction that beset King George VI. The mice are genetically engineers to produce high-pitched stuttering sounds that share similarities with phrases uttered by humans who stammer. The hope is for the animals will provide insights into the still much misunderstood condition. King George VI was famous for his stammer, which he managed partially to overcome with the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. The story of the king's struggle was told in the film The King's Speech , starring Colin Firth as the monarch. Logue, whose unorthodox therapy included daily breathing exercises and gargling with warm water, would not have known about the defective gene Gnptabread more

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