Stut­ter­ers to be heard

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ge­net­ic­sof­s­tut­ter­

VIC­TO­RI­ANS who stut­ter or have ever ex­pe­ri­enced stut­ter­ing are be­ing sought for a land­mark study aimed at find­ing the genes that pre­dis­pose peo­ple to the speech prob­lem.

Mel­bourne sci­en­tists at Mur­doch Chil­dren’s Re­search In­sti­tute are lead­ing a na­tional project to re­cruit 3000 vol­un­teers to un­cover the ge­netic cause in the hope of cre­at­ing per­son­alised treat­ments and early in­ter­ven­tion.

The Ge­net­ics of Stut­ter­ing Study will ask adults and chil­dren aged over seven to fill in a sur­vey and give a saliva sam­ple.

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