You might want to thank your parents for your high IQ. In a new study, researchers discovered 50 new genes that are responsible for intelligence. With this new study, scientists found out more about how genes are involved in IQ and the intelligence of a person. Researchers are still debating how much of our intelligence is inherited from our parents.
Intelligence is transmitted from parents to children and there are certain intelligence genes that show a lot about a person and his or her family. Despite this fact, intelligence is not just influenced by these 50 new intelligence genes. It is a complex web which is made out of hundreds of genes. Scientists were not able to find all of the genes that make up intelligence.
To conduct this study, researchers monitored more than 80,000 people. Along with the patients’ genetic info, the scientists conducted a meta-analysis. The meta-analysis was split by the several different ways to measure IQ and intelligence. Two different genetic analysis showed that there are different genes related to intelligence.
The first analysis showed that there are 22 intelligence genes. From these, 11 were newly discovered. The second analysis showed that there are more than 29 intelligence genes. All of them were new. Most of these intelligence genes were found in the brain tissue.
“Pathway analysis indicates the involvement of genes regulating cell development,” mentioned the researchers
Most scientists were surprised to see that they discovered 50 new genes related to intelligence. It is a great discovery that can show more about how much of our intelligence is inherited from our parents. Researchers mentioned that these newly found intelligence genes can’t be used to engineers better and smarter animals. This is because there can be unintended consequences.
The scientists that conducted this study stated that they want to continue their work. They want to find out more intelligence genes and to learn more about inherited intelligence. Their research was published in the journal Nature Genetics.
What is your opinion about this study? Did you know that there are so many intelligence genes?
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