Genetic links between brain development and brain evolution

@article{Gilbert2005GeneticLB,
  title={Genetic links between brain development and brain evolution},
  author={S. L. Gilbert and W. Dobyns and B. Lahn},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  year={2005},
  volume={6},
  pages={581-590}
}
The most defining biological attribute of Homo sapiens is its enormous brain size and accompanying cognitive prowess. How this was achieved by means of genetic changes over the course of human evolution has fascinated biologists and the general public alike. Recent studies have shown that genes controlling brain development — notably those implicated in microcephaly (a congenital defect that is characterized by severely reduced brain size) — are favoured targets of natural selection during… Expand
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