.5 million to study language development, via bats

Egyptian rousette bats in flight (Photo courtesy of Michael Yartsev) The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) has awarded Michael Yartsev, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, a 2016 NYSCF–Robertson Neuroscience Investigator award. The award provides Yartsev with a $1.5 million grant to study the neurobiological basis of language learning in the mammalian brain using an unusual model system: the bat. Michael Yartsev, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Scientists know very little about the neurobiological mechanisms of language learning in mammals. The reason is that very few species of mammals have language learning abilities. Those species are cetaceans (such as whales), elephants, bats and humans. While whales and elephants are too large to study in…


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