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Do your genes determine your academic strengths?

| | June 23, 2016
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You may feel you are just not a maths person, or that you have a special gift for languages, but scientists have shown that the genes influencing numerical skills are the same ones that determine abilities in reading, arts and humanities.

The study suggests that if you have an academic Achilles heel, environmental factors such as a teaching are more likely to be to blame. The findings add to growing evidence that school performance has a large heritable component, with around 60% of the differences in pupil’s GCSE results being explained by genetic factors. Although scientists are yet to pinpoint specific genes, the latest work suggests that the same ones are involved across subjects.

In the future, if specific genes were identified, nursery children could be screened to help target those who are likely to require more help learning basic skills such as reading and arithmetic. However, other scientists cautioned that it was too early to take the latest findings and apply them in schools.

Read full, original post: Genes influence academic ability across all subjects, latest study shows

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