Genes weakly linked to education level
Search of more than 2 million DNA locations finds small and hard-to-explain association with schooling
By Tina Hesman Saey, 12:02 PM May 31, 2013
Genetic factors may exert a tiny influence on how much schooling a person ends up with, a new study suggests.
But the main lesson of the research, experts say, should be that attributing cultural and socioeconomic traits to genes is a dicey enterprise.
“If there is a policy implication, it’s that there’s even more reason to be skeptical of genetic determinism,” says sociologist Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Published May 30 in Science by a group of mo...
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