Reading and Generalist Genes

  title={Reading and Generalist Genes},
  author={Claire M. A. Haworth and Emma L. Meaburn and Nicole Harlaar and Robert Plomin},
  booktitle={Mind, brain and education : the official journal of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society},
Twin-study research suggests that many (but not all) of the same genes contribute to genetic influence on diverse learning abilities and disabilities, a hypothesis called generalist genes. This generalist genes hypothesis was tested using a set of 10 DNA markers (single nucleotide polymorphisms [SNPs]) found to be associated with early reading ability in a study of 4,258 7-year-old children that screened 100,000 SNPs. Using the same sample, we show that this early reading SNP set also… CONTINUE READING

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