Opera Medica et Physiologica

Pierre Vanderhaeghen

Evolving Brains with New Genes

The human brain is distinguished by an enlarged volume of cerebral cortex that underlies much of our cognitive abilities (Hill and Walsh, 2005; Lui et al., 2011; Rakic, 2009; Wilsch-Brauninger et al., 2016). The genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the developmental programs leading to a larger and more complex cortex in the human remain poorly understood but significant progress has been made recently.
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