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Gene therapy may be able to make you smarter

Posted on Wednesday, 23 December, 2015 | Comment icon 5 comments

In the future it may be possible to enhance someone's intelligence. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
Scientists have discovered the region of the brain responsible for determining human intelligence.
A new study by researchers at Imperial College London has identified two clusters of genes in the brain called M1 and M3 which seem to directly influence our cognitive capabilities.

Each cluster contains hundreds of genes that relate to memory, attention span and reasoning.

What makes this discovery particularly interesting is the possibility that gene therapy may be able to manipulate these genes in a way that could potentially make a person more intelligent.

"We know that genetics plays a major role in intelligence but until now haven't known which genes are relevant," said study leader Dr Michael Johnson. "This research highlights some of genes involved in human intelligence, and how they interact with each other."

"Our research suggests that it might be possible to work with these genes to modify intelligence, but that is only a theoretical possibility at the moment - we have just taken a first step along that road."

Source: Independent | Comments (5)

Tags: Brain, Intelligence

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jarjarbinks on 23 December, 2015, 14:13
omg i need to delete my history, dont want my wife to find this article, if she get that operation, my life would be far worse!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 23 December, 2015, 20:47
I'll wait for a few million people to undergo this treatment just in case it accidentally goes wrong and makes them as dumb as a dodo.
Comment icon #3 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 23 December, 2015, 23:32
When I was younger I would have said "I don't need that", but now i've past 40 by a good few sorry, what was I talking about? err yes I love a biscuit with my tea, err sorry who are you, Daisy Daisy
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 on 24 December, 2015, 9:52
There must be some merit to stupidity or we would have evolved superior intelligence long ago.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ShadowBoy86x on 25 December, 2015, 3:59
Make me smart? Me want , me want!

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