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Why Are Some People So Smart ? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies - Wired Science

Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies - Wired Science
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/07/genetics-of-iq

Zhao’s goal is to use those machines to examine the genetic underpinnings of genius like his own. He wants nothing less than to crack the code for intelligence by studying the genomes of thousands of prodigies, not just from China but around the world. He and his collaborators, a transnational group of intelligence researchers, fully expect they will succeed in identifying a genetic basis for IQ.

They also expect that within a decade their research will be used to screen embryos during in vitro fertilization, boosting the IQ of unborn children by up to 20 points.
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In theory, that’s the difference between a kid who struggles through high school and one who sails into college.But studies make it clear that IQ is strongly correlated with the ability to solve all sorts of abstract problems, whether they involve language, math, or visual patterns.

The frightening upshot is that IQ remains by far the most powerful predictor of the life outcomes that people care most about in the modern world. Tell me your IQ and I can make a decently accurate prediction of your occupational attainment, how many kids you’ll have, your chances of being arrested for a crime, even how long you’ll live.

#chine #sciences #genetique #selection

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