Genes weakly linked to education level

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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