Low SES does not decrease heritability of cognitive ability (N=300k)

These researchers, from Stanford, Northwestern, and the University of Florida, analyze a large population of twins and siblings (~24k twins and ~300k children in total, born 1994-2002 in Florida). They find no evidence of SES (Socio-Economic Status) moderation of genetic influence on test scores (i.e., cognitive ability). The figure above shows the usual pattern of lower pairwise …

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The Gene Factory (New Yorker)

  LETTER FROM SHENZHEN: THE GENE FACTORY A Chinese firm’s bid to crack hunger, illness, evolution—and the genetics of human intelligence. BY MICHAEL SPECTER A well-balanced article about BGI in the New Yorker. I am misquoted about our current ability to predict height from genomic information, despite an hour on the phone with the Harvard-educated …

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