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Huge study finds 70 gene variants associated with “educational attachment”

About 300,000 people were recruited to the study, which meant that scientists could analyze vast data-sets. About 76,000 of the participants were recruited from 23andMe’s database—with consent, of course.  The study didn’t find an “education” gene, but the findings are interesting nonetheless. Social and environmental factors influence how we learn, but social scientists are now … Continue reading “Huge study finds 70 gene variants associated with “educational attachment””

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About 300,000 people were recruited to the study, which meant that scientists could analyze vast data-sets. About 76,000 of the participants were recruited from 23andMe’s database—with consent, of course. 

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The study didn’t find an “education” gene, but the findings are interesting nonetheless. Social and environmental factors influence how we learn, but social scientists are now learning that genomic factors do also play a role.

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Christina Farr is a San Francisco-based journalist specializing in health and technology. Before joining Fast Company, Christina worked as a reporter for VentureBeat, Reuters and KQED

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