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Scientists find gene linking
brain´s grey matter to intelligence

Reuters, by Kate Kelland

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Posted By:mitzi, 2/11/2014 1:42:26 PM

Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties. An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and brain scans from more than 1,500 healthy 14-year-olds and gave them a series of tests to establish their verbal and non-verbal intelligence. The researchers looked at the cerebral cortex - the outermost layer of the brain that is also known as "grey matter" and plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language and consciousness.

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Toward the middle of the article, it´s emphasized that this isn´t a gene for intelligence.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: question_complexity, 2/11/2014 2:00:32 PM     (No. 9728265)

In addition to the cerebrum and cerebellum, examining the brain scans of 1,500 14-year-old girls revealed a previously unknown structure, the cerebieber.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 2/11/2014 2:10:13 PM     (No. 9728273)

Agatha Christie had this figured out long ago..."To puzzle out a mystery, a great detective needs only to sit in a chair and think. It is the little grey cells, Hastings."
~to paraphrase Hercule Poirot

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/11/2014 2:21:50 PM     (No. 9728283)

Now someone should do this grey matter study by race for all hell to break loose.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/11/2014 2:30:52 PM     (No. 9728290)

This is important regarding those who have had strokes or traumait brain injuries (TBIs) that damaged their brain - especially the left hemisphere. It is about neurons communicating. The brain´s plasticity is allowing for rehabilitation that was not thought possible in the past. New pathways for neuronal communication to replace those damaged by strokes and TBIs.

It is no joke to these people.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/11/2014 2:31:27 PM     (No. 9728291)

Re #4, that should be "traumatic brain injuries".

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/11/2014 4:00:46 PM     (No. 9728432)

Ah. Of course! Now all we need to do is find out which of the human races has the most of this gene- The media world wonders- right?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blunderbuss, 2/11/2014 4:33:26 PM     (No. 9728491)

I can see the fur flying over this. Now who has the dumb gene that makes you take the short bus to school?

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