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Forty Genes Linked to Intelligence Discovered

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Forty genes linked to human intelligence were recently identified, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Genetics.

In the study, scientists discovered 52 "smart genes" linked to human intelligence, with 40 of those genes being identified for the first time, according to Technology.org.

"For the first time, we were able to detect a substantial amount of genetic effects in IQ," said Danielle Posthuma, the author of the study and a researcher at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research in Amsterdam.

Posthuma says this is just the beginning, as "a lot more" smart genes are expected to be detected in the future.

"For intelligence, there are thousands of genes," said Posthuma. "We have detected the 52 most important ones, but there will be a lot more."

"We are looking at all these genetic effects in isolation," said Posthuma. "Maybe it’s a certain pattern of genetic variants that makes you more intelligent."

The study consisted of about 78,000 European people -- both adults and children, according to NBC News.

The findings showed that the genes accounted for about 70 percent of educational variation among those studied.

"We show that the identified genes are predominantly expressed in brain tissue, and pathway analysis indicates the involvement of genes regulating cell development," the study says. "Our calculations show that the current results explain up to 4.8 percent of the variance in intelligence."

One of the discovered genes, SHANK3, has been linked to autism.

"Mutations in this gene are a cause of autism spectrum disorder, which is characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted behavioral patterns and interests," the team of scientists wrote. "Mutations in this gene also cause schizophrenia type 15."

Other genes are associated with brain cell death, obesity and Alzheimer's disease.

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