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Old 10-07-2018, 06:07 AM   #1
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Question Scientists have discovered almost 1,000 new genes related to intellige

The researchers found 1016 special genes related to intelligence, the vast majority of which previously was unknown to science. An international team of scientists conducted a large-scale study and discovered 190 new gene loci and 939 new genes related to intelligence, significantly broadening our understanding of the hereditary basis of cognitive function. The authors of the work shared their discovery in two articles of the journal Nature Genetics.

Under the leadership of Daniel Postum of the Amsterdam Free University (Netherlands), the scientists conducted a full-genomic study of associations, in which almost 270,000 people of different sexes, ages and races participated. All of them were asked to undergo neurocognitive testing to determine the level of intelligence. After that, the scientists compared the results with the participants' DNA and thus determine which genes are associated with the cognitive function.

Of the more than 9 million changes detected in the samples, the Postum team identified 205 sites related to intelligence (up to this, only 15 of them were isolated) and 1016 specific genes (of which only 77 were previously found) in the DNA code.

According to the researchers, the detected genes are not only related to the intellect, but also perform a protective function. Scientists have found in them an inverse correlation with Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, depressive symptoms and schizophrenia. At the same time, they were found to correlate with autism, as well as life expectancy. Previously, it was assumed that clever people would live longer.
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