Scientists: We May Be Able to Alter Human Intelligence

(Newser) – Researchers from London’s Imperial College think they’ve found two networks of genes, possibly controlled by a master system, that control cognitive functions—a find that may allow them to modify human intelligence down the line, the Guardian reports. In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, scientists say these M1 and M3 clusters control cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and reasoning, per the Daily Express. “Traits such as intelligence are governed by large groups of [genes] working together—like a football team made up of players in different [positions],” study co-author Dr. Michael Johnson says, per the Guardian. By figuring out how these “players” work together, scientists could perhaps boost cognitive abilities by simply flicking the equivalent of a master switch. And based on other findings in the study linking…

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