Ask a geneticist: Race and IQ?

dnascreenban thumb x
(Credit: Vincent Kessler/Reuters, via The Atlantic.)

The following is an editorial summary.

Does race have a genetic basis? Does this genetic basis influence traits like intelligence? Are these even questions we should be asking?

After conservative scholar Jason Richwine was fired from The American Heritage Foundation for his controversial Harvard dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” the web has been abuzz with talk of genetics, intelligence, and IQ.

In an effort to provide some welcome clarity, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates sat down with geneticist Neil Risch, director of the Institute for Human Genetics at University of California San Francisco, for a Q&A.


Risch’s ultimate verdict?

[I]n my view, at this point, any comment about the etiology of group differences, for “intelligence” or anything else, in the absence of specific identified genes (or environmental factors, for that matter), is speculation.

Read the full story here: Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies

Additional Resources:

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
GLP Podcasts
Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Infographic: Here’s where GM crops are grown around the world today

Do you know where biotech crops are grown in the world? This updated ISAAA infographics show where biotech crops were ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

* indicates required
Email Lists
Send this to a friend