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52 genes linked to intelligence: Study

However, these genes do not determine intelligence

Carl Zimmer 

In a significant advance in the study of mental ability, a team of European and American scientists recently announced that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people. These genes do not determine intelligence, however. Their combined influence is minuscule, the researchers said, suggesting that thousands more are likely to be involved and still await discovery. Just as important, intelligence is profoundly shaped by the environment. Still, the findings could make it possible to begin new experiments into the biological basis of reasoning and ...

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First Published: Sat, May 27 2017. 21:35 IST