2 results for month: 07/2016

Replicable genetic variants influencing school, and IQ

The social science genetics consortium has been working to uncover the genes associated with educational attainment. First, in 2013, with 127,000 subjects, they were able to produce a polygenic risk score (PRS) explaining 2% variance in total years of education. This doubled to 4% once they had convinced collaborators to contribute data from 329,000 subjects in a great paper by Okbay et al. reported on by The Atlantic as well as in Nature :-). Comfortingly, this PRS replicated in the open UKBiobank sample of 100,000 adults. Now grad-student Saskia Selzam working in the TEDS group reports in Molecular Psychiatry (along talks at BGA and our own ISIR ...

Why are we getting smarter (BBC)

The BBC radio show The Why Factor asks "Why are we getting smarter". This in-depth (18-minute) show features interviews with ISIR members Professor Jim Flynn and Dr Michael Woodley.