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Jumping DNA Mixes It Up in the Developing Brain

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Science  17 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5729, pp. 1729
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5729.1729a

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In the 16 June issue of Nature, a provocative new study suggests that individual differences in temperaments and talents may be generated in part by bits of genetic material that spontaneously hop around the genome of neurons in the developing brain, altering patterns of gene expression.