New findings in link between genes, educational attainment

The latest findings are based on a sample of more than 1.1 million white people of European descent. To maximise the odds of discovering genetic links to schooling timing, the scientists say they need a very large, homogeneous sample.
The latest findings are based on a sample of more than 1.1 million white people of European descent. To maximise the odds of discovering genetic links to schooling timing, the scientists say they need a very large, homogeneous sample.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

Scientists identify 1,000 variations in genes that influence how long people stay in school

In the largest genetics study ever published in a scientific journal, an international team of scientists has identified more than 1,000 variations in human genes that influence how long people stay in school.

Educational attainment has attracted great interest from researchers in recent years, because it is linked to many other aspects of people's lives, including their income as adults, overall health and even life span.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'New findings in link between genes, educational attainment'. Print Edition | Subscribe